(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The family of 'Super Jude' Peters is asking the community for their continued support and prayers as the little boy struggles with prolonged seizures while seeking treatment at Levine Children's Hospital.
"Jude has been suffering from prolonged seizure activity this morning and his rescue meds have not been able to pull him out of it," his family wrote Wednesday on Praying for Jude Sullivan Peters' Facebook page. "They are going to give an IV form of it and if that doesn’t work they will have to try something new. As you know that’s always a risk with Jude as he has had reactions to new seizure meds in the past. Please pray."
According to the Praying for Jude Sullivan Peters Facebook page, Jude entered the hospital on Saturday, Dec. 29 after experiencing respiratory distress and fevers. His tests came back positive for RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it is a tough virus for rhizo kids and can result in severe infection and hospitalization. The virus can also make chronic health problems worse.
Jude, now 4-years-old, is one of less than 60 children in the world fighting a lethal form of dwarfism, rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata. The brain disorder results in shortened bones, seizures, congenital cataracts and ongoing respiratory infections.
"Super Jude", as he is affectionately known by his base of "warriors," captured the heart of many FOX 46 Charlotte viewers ever since David Sentendrey first reported on his rare condition. Sentendrey traveled with Jude and his parents to Alabama where they met other children fighting the rare disease.
The Facebook page continues to call for immediate prayers.