'Prayers For Skylar': Parents Implore Community To Rally Around 2-Year-Old In Critical Condition

| by Sean Kelly

A 2-year-old girl, who became mysteriously ill, remains in critical condition as her parents implore their community to pray and help get their baby back.

Skylar Waldrop’s health crisis began on March 18, when the toddler came down with a 104-degree fever. After being diagnosed with a stomach bug, she was given medicine and her parents waited for her fever to break. Things got better until March 20, when the little girl fell ill again. Her parents rushed her to the emergency room, where doctors became alarmed and decided to keep Skylar in the hospital for observation.

Upon further examination, it was discovered that Skylar had masses on her heart. She was flown to UVA’s hospital for special treatment, and had to be revived twice after her heart stopped beating while in transit.

Skylar is now in critical but stable condition at UVA, where doctors have her hooked up to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine that is keeping her lungs and heart functioning properly. J.J. Waldrop, Skylar’s father, said it was determined that his daughter had developed a bad staph infection, and that doctors are still determining what permanent damage she might have suffered from the life-threatening illness.

The 2-year-old’s family set up a Facebook page called "Prayers For Skylar," where updates will be posted and supporters are encouraged to offer prayers for the little girl. Waldrop said he and his wife, Lindsay Waldrop, just want to do whatever they can to get their baby back to good health.

“We’re just looking for as many prayers as possible. We just want our baby back,” he said. “If you have kids, hold them, love them. We can’t pick Skylar up now because she’s attached to so many machines.”

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