An 11-year-old survivor of the Texas school shooting almost suffered a heart attack while visiting the memorial to her slain best friend, her family said.
Illiana Treviño was rushed to hospital when her heart started racing after she laid a teddy bear and flowers on 10-year-old Amerie Joe Garza, one of 21 victims of the mass shooting at Robb Primary School in Uvalde.
Doctors told Illiana’s family that she was close to having a heart attack and that she remains in the hospital a week later, her mother Jessica Treviño told PEOPLE.
Treviño said that Illiana had no previous medical problems and “it’s just a broken heart that we need to work on healing.”
Illiana is showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and is acutely distressed by the shock she suffered, doctors have told her family.
The mother added that her daughter’s “heart [rate] shot up because she couldn’t take the trauma… all the trauma and pain from it.
In a GoFundMe set up for Illiana’s medical bills, her family explained that Amerie “would protect Illiana from bullying and always came to her rescue.”
Treviño told PEOPLE that her daughter is afraid to go back to school, partly because her protector, Amerie, will not be there.
The GoFundMe page says the medication Illiana was given “isn’t working” and “the doctors’ biggest concern is that she could go into cardiac arrest.”
Illiana escaped tragedy when the gunman walked past her fourth grade classroom, but Amerie was shot dead trying to call 911, according to her grandmother.
In the days following the tragedy, her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, described her granddaughter as a “smart” kid who had just received an AB Honor Roll award.
“She was very smart and looking forward to building a life for herself,” she told The Daily Beast.
“She was super outgoing. She had a generous heart. She was always there to give someone a helping hand. She quickly became a teacher’s darling.”
“We hardly see the side effects of what this tragic incident has brought to our community,” Iliiana’s family said.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5535172/texas-school-shooting-survivor-heart-attack/ The 11-year-old survivor of the Texas school shooting nearly suffered a heart attack while visiting the memorial for a friend who died in a massacre