AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A teenager from Colorado Springs is improving after being hospitalized with the flu since the end of January. Schafer Reichart’s flu and serious strep infection had him fighting for his life.
“Schafer is doing amazingly well, he continues to be called a miracle,” said Schafer’s mother Beth.READ MORE: Vaccinated And Considering International Travel? Dr. Dave Hnida Shares A COVID-19 Checklist
On Jan. 23, a seemingly routine bout of the flu turned into a fight for Schafer’s life.
“We really were at this place where we didn’t know if he was going to make it and the only thing we could do is surrender and trust the Lord in the midst of that,” she said.
When a simultaneous Influenza A and strep infection spread through his body and organs, he was flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.
“And you think, this is the flu, this is the flu and you are telling me I might lose my son,” said Schafer’s dad Paul.
Schafer overcame the infection and is now recovering, A process that will take months. The Reicharts say the outpouring of support they have received has blown them away.READ MORE: Backcountry Skier Dies In Rocky Mountain National Park
“It’s been amazing. Our community has been amazing,” said Beth.
“Hundreds and hundreds of people have actually been to the hospital to cry with us, pray with us, and support us. Meal trains booked out for months,” said Paul.
A community, “Schafer Strong.”
“Schaf, you’re my beloved son with whom I’m well pleased and I’m glad he’s here,” said Paul.
“Words can’t even describe how thankful we are that God spared your life and we’re just in this road with you and walking along side as long as it takes and whatever that means,” said Beth.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Possible?
So far, more than $33,000 has been raised for the teen’s family through a GoFundMe Campaign.