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Girl contracts flu, mysteriously goes into cardiac arrest

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A local family's life is turned upside down after their little girl got sick with a strain of the flu and wound up going into cardiac arrest.

Elliott Muhs, 4, spent months in the intensive care fighting for her life and four months total in the hospital. Her family said it's a miracle she survived, but she suffered significant brain damage and has a long road to recovery.

The Muhs family was vacationing in Hawaii in May of this year and said they noticed toward the end of their trip Elliott wasn't feeling well.

On the flight back home to Portland, though, they say her flu-like symptoms got significantly worse to the point where the flight attendants called an ambulance to meet them on the tarmac.

Those next 24 hours, no one was sure she'd even survive.

"I was like this was it. I was calling my husband to come say goodbye," said mother Torey Muhs. "It was horrendous."

Torey Muhs says the type of flu Elliott contracted somehow attacked her heart, mysteriously causing her to go into cardiac arrest.

A team of doctors at Randall Children's Hospital tirelessly performed CPR on the little girl for four hours before bringing her back to life.

"It was heart-wrenching, just thinking the worst and hoping for the best," said father Aaron Muhs.

"It was pretty intense. There were over 20 people in the room, and a lot of the workers stayed over their shifts, and there were new ones coming in, and they were rotating people in and out to do chest compressions the whole time. I was amazed. Everyone had a job and everyone was doing something."

Aaron Muhs said Elliott's heart, lungs and kidneys are back to normal now, but the effects of her prolonged cardiac arrest significantly deprived her brain of oxygen.

Elliott can no longer walk, talk or even hold her head up on her own.

The four-year-old is finally back home, surrounded by her family, who is now bracing for a long and uncertain road to recovery.

"It is a complete and utter miracle she's still here, and we're going to go with that, and I'm not going to short God of miraculously healing her to the end," said mother Torey Muhs.

To help with easing the family's burden of months of medical expenses, organizers of the 2nd Annual KIDz Fun Run and Raffle has selected the Muhs family as the beneficiaries of this year's run.

The event is happening on Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. at Findley Elementary School.

You can register online by Nov. 1 at or on the day of the event.

There will also be a raffle with prizes and food.

For more information on how to support Elliott Muhs and her family, you can visit her Facebook page titled "Pray for Elliott."

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