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Community Rallies Behind Family of Sick Teen

IRVINE, Calif. (KTLA) — Friends, family and church members organized a surprise flash mob on Thursday night for the parents of a teen hospitalized in Irvine.

They sang songs of support outside UC Irvine Medical Center, where 18-year-old Kaitlyn Dobrow is recovering from meningococcemia.

“It’s been very hard, but look at the support we have. It’s just incredible,” mother Kathy Dobrow said.

Kaitlyn has been in the hospital for three months now. She has had 17 surgeries and all four limbs amputated due to the acute infection in her bloodstream.

With a trachea tube and heavy sedation, she can’t speak, however she is very aware of what’s happening, her mother said.

“She wants to get through all the medical treatment and get on to rehab, and she wants to go home and see her friends and her dog,” Dobrow said.

“She’s got the strongest faith I’ve ever seen in anybody,” said volunteer chaplain Rick Cryder.

“I mean, she is a fighter, she wants to live,” he said. “I believe that this young lady has a story to tell.”

And Kaitlyn’s parents wanted to tell their story as well to warn others about this life-threatening disease.

“It impacts children in the 11- to 13-year-old range,” said father Don Dobrow. “So if you get a vaccination now and a booster in your early 20s, you’re good for life.”

“It’s preventable, and get your kids vaccinated,” Kathy Dobrow said. “It’s silly not to do that when it’s just a shot.”

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