Elkhorn Woman Fights For Her Life In ICU Battling Mystery Illness

Malorie Maddox: OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A 22-year-old Elkhorn woman remains in intensive care.

Her family says they will do anything to find out what is wrong with her.

“Conner's the only guy she's ever gone out with her entire life. It's like a fairy tale,” said Terry Rosseter, Hannah Matthews' father.

That fairy tale came to an abrupt halt 9 months after Hannah and Conner Matthew were married.

“Not counting the ER visits, we've been to the hospital five times within the last five months,” said Conner.

It all began back in February; Hannah was a dance teacher, vibrant and full of life. She started noticing achy joints and muscle weakness and was diagnosed with Lupus.

“This isn't just Lupus going on. There's something else,” said Conner.

Hannah lost 25 pounds within weeks. She had sores covering her entire body and two weeks ago she could barely breathe.

This is the third time she has ended up in the intensive care unit.

“Her heart, they found was only pumping at 25 percent so she's in critical condition at this point,” said Nicole Lemonds, Hannah's sister.

Hannah has been in the ICU at Nebraska Medical Center this time for more than two weeks. The family says there are no signs of improvement.

“It's hard to sit at the hospital and see your sister in the state she's in...it's been tough,” said Lemonds.

Hannah's family says she and Conner had gone on several mission trips to Guatemala, Costa Rica and Brazil.

“The likelihood that there is a foreign infection that is doing this is a general possibility,” Conner said.

It's just one area the family is considering. They say, they are being told different things from different doctors and they just hope someone can give them answers.

“We just want Hannah back. That is all,” said Lemonds.

“It's been horrible to watch her suffer. It's breaking everybody's hearts." Roseter said.

With permission from Hannah's family, WOWT 6 News reached out to Nebraska Medical Center about Hannah's case.

No doctor would give us any answers as to what she is suffering from.

The family hopes by sharing her story, someone will have gone through something similar and will come forward.

The family has also set up a GoFundMe page. If you'd like to help out, you can find it HERE

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