NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio – Common illness has become a life-threatening fear of teenager health from Tuscarawas County, which is finally out of hospital after 175 days, according to her family.
Riane Rine, 13, says that in months of battle for her health she has gained strength in more ways than one. "I feel really healthy, and I know it will take time to get back to my full strength, but I feel more mentally stronger than I was before I came in," Rhin said.
FOX 8 for the first time talks with Rin's parents in March from Acron's Children's Hospital. Her father TJ Rine says she has been on ECMO's vital support for 35 days.
"What started out as the flu became pneumonia and eventually got a bacterial infection in its lungs," says TJ Rine.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say seasonal influenza viruses can be found throughout the year. Rin says he encourages all parents to make sure the children are vaccinated against the virus.
"I have a very strong faith," said Rein, sitting next to her daughter and trying not to cry. "God tells us if we have the faith of mustard seed, we can move mountains. It's my mountain, it really does not focus on whether it will be here or not. I just focused on being here. "
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