GREENWICH — Alyssa Williams was shopping at Target in Stamford nearly five years ago when her then-2-month-old daughter's face turned blue. The baby was rushed to Greenwich Hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with reactive airway disease.
The infant was then transferred to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital for 10 days, where doctors found she was also living with a partially collapsed left lung.
"I lost like 60 pounds in three months," said Williams, a Greenwich mother of three. "After she turned blue that time, it was really bad. There was no time for me to even sleep." Back then, every few hours, she would have to wake up to give the baby albuterol through a nebulizer.
Now 4 years old, her daughter, who was eventually diagnosed with asthma, occasionally uses the nebulizer and has difficulty breathing when temperatures dip below 55 degrees. A typical cold can send her to the hospital, and a runny nose can persist for months.
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