By: Kara Gilmour
Published: Jan 8, 2021
Malyia Jeffers limbs amputated in California. Malyia Jeffers had both her limbs amputated after waiting in the emergency room for five hours. The 2-year-old California is recovering after a strep infection that forced doctors to remove a hand and both of her feet.
Jeffers is still on a ventilator and kidney dialysis at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., following the amputations in early December.
"This is the hardest thing I was dreading the most... was having to make a decision," Malyia's dad, Ryan Jeffers, told the news station. "They said 'your daughter's dying and the only thing we can do to save her is to amputate.'"
The toddler was originally taken to the emergency room at Methodist Hospital in Sacramento where she waited with her family for several hours with what doctors thought was just a cold, fever and rash. But her condition quickly deteriorated, and she eventually went into liver failure.
At that point she was transported to the intensive care unit at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento and was later flown to the children's hospital in Palo Alto where they amputated her limbs.
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