2-year-old hospitalized with rare flu complication in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri – 2-year-old Layla Thomas was rushed to the hospital on March 18 with a 107 degree fever.

The family says it happened following simply symptoms.

“She had just a runny nose, maybe a little cough but nothing out of the ordinary that we hadn’t seen before,” said Layla’s aunt Jessica Kile told KMOV.

Doctors diagnosed Layla with necrotic encephalitis.

It’s a rare complication of the flu now attacking her brain.

Doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital say she has a 50-50 chance of survival.

The family has started a GoFundMe for hospital bills.

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