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Virginia mother desperate to find cure for daughter’s mystery illness

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Sep 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-11 15:17:35-04

Richmond, Va. – The parents of seven-year-old Maddie Hays hope their daughter’s story will spread far and wide.

They hope someone will recognize Maddie’s symptoms and offer a cure to the mystery illness that has plagued the girl.

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

kid1Maddie first broke out in what her mother called a “mystery rash” when she was just two years old. That rash went away, according to WTVR.

The rash came back last Fall with a vengeance. It is so large, it has caused painful swelling on Maddie’s face.

When the swelling gets very bad, her mother said, Maddie’s eyes are forced to close. She currently cannot attend school.

“All the doctors and specialists 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.

You can contact the Hays family through the Hope for Maddie Facebook page.

Her family has set-up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help offset their medical bills.