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Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Photo courtesy the Shimizu family
Friends are holding a chicken sale in Kaimuki to help
pay Alyshia Shimizu's medical costs.

Alyshia has more
skin graft surgery
in Sacramento

The 'flesh-eating bacteria'
victim's body is slow to heal

Star-Bulletin staff


Alyshia Shimizu, victim of "skin-eating bacteria," has had further skin graft surgery at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., because previous skin grafts were unsuccessful.

Physicians removed more skin yesterday from the back of the 5-year-old to replace previous grafts to her legs, an Ohana of Oahu news release said.

The Ohana release added that Alyshia's father, Tony Shimizu, a Honolulu police officer, said surgeons believe she came through yesterday's operation well and are hopeful this second graft will succeed.

It's expected Alyshia will remain sedated during the next few days because of increased pain expected from the latest surgery. She was removed from an intensive care unit Friday where she had been since her June 28 arrival.

Alyshia is now in a two-bed ward and began physical therapy last week. Her upper body is beginning to show signs of healing; however, the lower, more devastated portion of her body is healing more slowly, the announcement said.

Friends here are holding a chicken sale to help with medical costs. Tickets will be on sale Sunday beginning with 6 a.m. Mass and subsequent Masses at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kaimuki.

Also, tables will be set up at Ala Moana Center Aug. 18-20. Tickets for the Koala Moa chickens are $7.50 each. Make checks or money orders payable to "Friends of Alyshia Shimizu."

Get in touch with DeLara Julian at 525-5531 or to purchase tickets.

Donations also may be made to "Friends of Alyshia" and deposited at any First Hawaiian Bank branch or the Honolulu Police Federal Credit Union.

Alyshia Shimizu Web site

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