Family’s unexpected medical issues, COVID-19 diagnosis made 2020 nightmarish

Family’s unexpected medical issues, COVID-19 diagnosis made 2020 nightmarish

PITTSBURGH — 2020 has been a hellish year for Kevin and Tai David.

Kevin started his own physical therapy business last year and was expecting things to pick up in 2020. The couple’s daughter got an unexpected diagnosis, requiring her to have multiple surgeries.

“We found out that Emmaline had something called Craniosynostosis which is when the skull bones fuse together,” Tai David said.

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Suddenly, both Tai and Kevin ended up in the hospital with shingles.

“I thought that was it. I thought that was the cap on the year. Oh man, here I am getting shingles, you know, what else is going to happen this year? I thought that was going to be the worst of it,” Tai David said.

She recovered, only to get a call from daycare that Emmaline had been exposed to COVID-19. The whole family tested positive and Kevin ended up in the emergency room.

“I was having numbness and pain in my left arm. I felt like somebody was sitting on my chest,” he said.

As the family recovers, the couple told Channel 11 there’s a silver lining: a group of friends and strangers is donating money to a GoFundMe account to help with medical bills.

“I don’t even have for it. It’s so humbling and so incredible and we feel so grateful. We are so grateful,” Tai David said.

The family said they want their experience to be a reminder to keep taking precautions and they hope to pay it forward once they are back on their feet.

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