Mother desperate to find cure for daughter’s mystery illness

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)  – The parents of a 7-year-old girl say they are desperate to find a cure to a mystery illness that has plagued their child.

“Maddie is miserable,” said Erin Hays. “She has seen specialists in rhuemetology, immunology, dermatology and infectious disease. We are currently waiting on an appointment with hematology/oncology.”

Maddie first caught the “mystery rash” when she was just 2-years-old.

The rash then went away.

Last fall, it came back with a vengeance.

It is so large, it has caused painful swelling on Maddie’s face. At some points, it is even hard for Maddie to open her eyes.

Hays says she is terrified that if Maddie doesn’t go to the right doctor soon, the condition could worsen.

“All the doctors and specialist we have seen think whatever is plaguing my daughter is extremely rare and yet no one can figure out what is going on,” Hays said. “It is attacking her body, scaring her face and causing lymph nodes to swell. It is making her afraid to be seen in public. She currently cannot attend school.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe site and a Facebook page, seeking answers.