Sadie Robertson Huff is “grieving” with parents of sick kids this week after her 4-month-old daughter spent 4 days in the hospital battling Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
“YALL WE GET TO GO HOME!!!! (YAY) 4 days in the hospital and this girl is happy to go home!” Sadie reported on Instagram Saturday, sharing a series of snaps and a video of her loving all over her Honey girl. She noted that Honey “is still very congested with a bad cough, but her oxygen was good enough to get better from home.”
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“We are so so grateful!” she continued. “Thank you for everyone who prayed for us we truly did feel your prayers! We didn’t expect to come home today and so we are very happy. Thank you God!”
Sadie also extended a heart of encouragement to parents who have children in the hospital writing, “I am praying that your grieving heart would feel held, your anxious heart would find a deep peace, and your sad heart would find joy in the little moments. Much love.”
Her sentiment echoed a previous post in which she empathized with parents of sick kids.
“To all the mamas and dads out there watching their child go through sickness I grieve with you,” she wrote.
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“This is what we are declaring right now, “she wrote, citing Psalm 30:11-12 (MSG), “You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.”
Sadie says although they initially kept this battle private within their family, she felt led to give her 4.5 million followers “a window” into what they’ve been going through because so many others around the world are currently dealing with RSV as well.
Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported an unseasonable spike in RSV cases among children, many of which were also coupled with COVID-19 hospitalizations among the youngest population.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a typical RSV season runs from late fall through the spring with a peak in February. But pediatric hospitals around the country are reporting unseasonably early outbreaks of RSV, many of which are coupled with the highly-transmissible delta variant.
In adults, the respiratory virus usually only causes mild, cold-like symptoms. But in young children, RSV can cause pneumonia and bronchiolitis. The CDC reports it can be life-threatening in children under the age of 5, especially in infants.
About 58,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized each year due to RSV, and 100 to 500 die from the virus, according to the CDC.
During the last year, RSV was largely dormant, which experts believe was due to pandemic mitigation measures. Now, in just the last several weeks, thousands of Texas children have tested positive for the virus. The absence of widespread RSV last season means that older babies who would have been at a higher risk last year as infants, are now among the most vulnerable.