At 5 months old, Julianna began to run a fever that reached 103 degrees. Her condition continued to worsen and she was sent to the Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospitall, where she was diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis, a deadly bacterial infection that attacks the brain’s nerves. Doctors used antibiotics to combat the infection that required Julianna to remain in the hospital for over a month. Due to the high doses of antibiotics, Julianna subsequently lost her hearing. She now has two cochlear implants that allow her to hear.
Today, Julianna is a happy, thriving 4-year old who loves going to preschool and being a big sister to brother Jameson!