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Taya in critical condition

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

The 4-year-old Spring Lake Township girl was the star of a local benefit last month at the Grand Haven Community Center. She's now on a ventilator and is in critical condition, said her mom, Kristen Cook.

Taya contracted meningitis as a baby and was born blind.

Kristen said her daughter is suffering from sepsis, a local or generalized invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins.

"And we don't know what caused it,” she said. “I'm sick over this. We need an answer.”

Kristen said doctors are puzzled and have called in infectious disease specialists who hope to determine why Taya's immune system remains weak.

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