Family with toddler in the hospital because of flu warns parents to be vigilant

Family with toddler in the hospital because of flu warns parents to be vigilant.

A West Michigan baby is fighting for his life in the hospital after catching the flu and suffering from seizures.

Newschannel 3's Anna Giles spoke with the toddler’s family about the desperate effort to keep him alive.

At just 14-months-old, doctors told Max Alexander's parents that he might not survive the latest stint in the hospital. He has a genetic disorder that cause seizures and getting the flu has further endangered his life.

Alexander has spent 19 days in Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. He is starting to get better, but faces an uncertain recovery.

Timothy Alexander, his father, said, "They say it's very possible max could have cerebral palsy.”

Max has tuberous sclerosis, a rare genetic disorder that causes benign tumors to form in the body and can lead to seizures.

When he caught the flu, just a couple weeks ago, his parents say it made things a lot worse.

Timothy said, "Whenever he's sick, the seizure part, it makes him go into that a lot easier."

Doctors gave Samantha and Timothy Alexander a life or death choice to make about their son's future after his brain had been swelling last Wednesday.

Timothy said, “They said that you pretty much have two options you either give medicine to make him comfortable and take the ventilator off him and see how he does. That was one of the options, the other was a tracheotomy and there was no way we were going to go with the first one."

Samantha remained adamant her son, nicknamed Toughy by his family, would make it through.

Samantha said, “For you to tell me my child could be bedridden for the rest of his life, I don’t believe it not in this case."

A 3-year-old from Northern Michigan is on life support at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with the flu in early January,

The Alexander family encourage parents who have children that are vulnerable to the virus to be vigilant.

Samantha said, “If you think your child is sick or they are coming down sick, just get them in as soon as you can."

The alexander family says Max will not be able to return to their current home because of mold issues. They are asking the community for support as they work through this tough time.

If you would like to help, visit their GoFundMe at