6-year-old girl battling COVID complications at Le Bonheur needs prayer, blood platelets

Shelby County, Tenn. — A Shelby County girl needs your help as she fights a major complication of COVID-19.

Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, can make children critically ill.

6-year-old Hattie Lucille Shell of Millington has been hospitalized with it at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for more than a month. As FOX13 found out, her family and her church want the word out about it.

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One of the ministers at her church told us that they held a prayer service for 6-year-old Hattie Lucile Shell last night.

Minister Garret Best is with Hattie’s family’s church. He shared pictures of the 6-year-old in the Le Bonheur ICU struggling with tubes coming out of her and fighting for her life. MIS-C is a complication that can affect organs in the body.

“Particularly with Hattie it was her lungs that were attacking her body due to her MIS-C diagnosis,” Best said.

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Best said Hattie’s parents could not speak to us on camera because they are at her bedside in the hospital. But, they have called on others to pray and donate blood on her behalf.

In Hattie’s case, rare AB negative blood and platelets are needed to help her fight MIS-C.

”If people want to help they can be in prayer. I know the family has been so encouraged by the outpouring of support and people want to donate platelets. We have been getting calls from Michigan and Oklahoma and other parts of the country and that encourages the family,” Best said.

Hattie was asymptomatic for COVID, but MIS-C can develop even if the child shows no other symptoms.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with the family’s medical expenses. If you’d like to contribute, CLICK HERE.