Girl who fell in icy Rock Island pond suffers setback in her recovery

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Rae’ana Rosenberg, the 6-year-old girl fell into an icy Rock Island pond Feb. 21, experienced problems with her lungs today and her mother is asking for prayers for the girl.

Though she has been making substantial progress in other areas, Rae’Ana has remained on a ventilator because of issues with her lungs.

Today, they were not able to keep her oxygenated enough so they are putting her on an ECMO, which diverts blood to an artificial lung, where it is oxygenated and put back into the body, said Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance.

Rae’Ana spent about 20 minutes in the frigid water before fire crews from Douglas County Fire District 1 were able to rescue her. A Ballard Ambulance crew then spent about 15 minutes trying to resuscitate her before detecting a faint heartbeat.

She was initially taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, then taken by air ambulance to Seattle.

Earlier this week, she was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of the girl with expenses.

Ballard said the mother, Becca, has seen posts of prayer for Rae’Ana on Facebook and is thankful for all the support.

Becca is eight months pregnant and “may have a baby while her other baby is still in the hospital,” according to the GoFundMe page.