Spaghetti dinner will benefit family of sick girl
On July 23, 14-year-old Faith “Nikki” Silveira, daughter of Matt and Tracy Silveira, suffered seizures and was taken by ambulance to Barton Hospital, where doctors diagnosed fluid on her brain.
Faith was flown to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where emergency surgery was performed to relieve the pressure in her brain. She slipped into a coma and remained that way for more then three weeks. During this time she had several more brain surgeries to try and control the fluid and pressure buildup. A shunt was placed in her head to drain fluid but failed. This was repeated twice more with no success.
Faith was finally diagnosed with meningitis caused by a fungus commonly referred to as Valley Fever.
This fungus usually affects the respiratory system, but somehow got into her spinal fluid and traveled to her brain. When she woke from her coma she had partial movement of her hands, only limited speech and was unable to walk or to feed herself.
She was then transported on Sept. 14 to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose for rehabilitation.
She was in the rehab center for one day when she relapsed and was placed back in the intensive care unit, where she has remained since.
She has endured more than 20 brain surgeries and a staph infection, has a blockage at her brain stem and swelling in her spinal cord. She can no longer speak or move and has to be fed by machine.
Her doctors are preparing for her to come home, but she will require round-the-clock care and medical assistance at home.
Her mother, along with her 10-year-old brother, Christian, have been staying with family in Tracy and commuting to San Jose daily. Her father, Matt, stays at home in Tahoe to work and maintain the household with her older sister, Jennifer.
The Lake Tahoe Elks Lodge will sponsor a benefit spaghetti feed for Nikki on Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 1635 Elks Club Drive in Meyers. The bar will open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.
The cost is $10 per person.
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