Online Fundraiser Launched For Young Daughter Of Wilmington Teacher

WILMINGTON, MA — A Wilmington teacher could use your help.

Kallie, the daughter of special education teacher Joanna Maguire, is currently recovering from encephalitis, the inflammation of the brain.

After being diagnosed with the flu, Kallie’s condition worsened as she began to develop symptoms of dizziness, inability to stand, and slurred speech.  Joanna took Kallie to Tufts Floating Hospital where she was diagnosed with encephalitis. She was treated with high dose IV steroids to decrease the swelling on her brain.

Kallie was eventually discharged to the Franciscan Children’s Hospital, where she will go through 3-4 weeks of inpatient rehab to rebuild her strength to allow her to function at home and school.   Once discharged, she will likely require out-patient therapy and won’t be able to return to school immediately.

“Kallie and her family have a very long road ahead of them,” reads the YouCaring fundraising page, created by family friends. “Kallie’s Mom is a single parent and recently began a new job as a special education teacher. She has run out of sick days. She also has an 11 year old daughter at home. Kallie’s Mom has spent weeks by her daughter’s side, and therefore has been unable to work. Bills and expenses have been adding up.”

“As a mom, she shouldn’t have to worry about paying for expenses while she stays by her daughter’s side during this long recovery process,” the page continues. “We are asking for any amount of donation to help her and her family make this very difficult time just a little easier!”

Please consider making a donation to assist the family during Kallie’s recovery HERE.

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