Boy diagnosed with Hantavirus needs heart, lung transplants | KOB 4

Boy diagnosed with Hantavirus needs heart, lung transplants

Meg Hilling
October 15, 2018 11:11 PM

FARMINGTON – A boy in the Four Corners, who contracted the hantavirus in February, is now in need of lung and heart transplants.


The family and doctors of 9-year-old Fernando Hernandez are still puzzled as to how he contracted the rodent-carried virus.

Fernando is now in a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, working to get strong enough for such intensive transplants.

"Life is hard enough, but having a sick child, you have to be there every day for the procedures. And Mama has been there most of the time because I have to work,” George Hernandez, Fernando’s father said. “He’s a fighter.”

Infectious disease experts warn that keeping rodents clear of your property and properly disposing of rodent droppings, is the best way to limit the chance of infection.

"But you want to be really careful when you’re doing that by dousing it with some kind of disinfectant or bleach solution first," Penny Hill, Infection Control expert at San Juan Regional Medical Center said. "You don't want to sweep or vacuum any kind of rodent droppings, because that can aerosolize it."

Fernando's family has a GoFundme to help pay for medical expenses.


Meg Hilling

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