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Local girl battles Primary Lymphedema amid COVID-19


Editor's note: In the on-air story it states at the end that the lymphedema was spread throughout Aryanna's body. After editing, it was only spread out through her leg.

YUMA, Ariz. ( KYMA, KECY) - A local family in Yuma is trying to battle their way during the coronavirus pandemic while keeping their 8-year-old daughter safe.

When their daughter, Aryanna Trujillo was born, she was diagnosed with primary lymphedema, a chronic swelling caused by built-up fluid, she also suffers from asthma.  “It also affects her vascular system, because these two systems are so important to our body- it affects her immune system," said Lita Trujillo, the mother of Aryanna.

Her mother fears that her little girl will get COVID-19, but nonetheless feels hopeful that life will return to normal soon.

For the Trujillo family the safety for Aryanna is their first priority, but it's also creating new memories like dancing with her father in the garage, or camping in the backyard in the new tent that her dad built for her.  “I like going into the tent that my dad made me," said Aryanna.

Lita tells News 11 that a simple trip to the store is now stressful as it has not been easy to buy cleaning supplies for her daughter, however this family stays optimistic.

 “We are not out there every day, we go when we need too, collect what we need to from the stores, and com back home," said Lita.

Lita said that the lymphedema has spread throughout her daugter's leg, she is being monitored and being taken to the clinic often.

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Carmen Valencia joined KYMA in early September of 2018 as a multimedia journalist.


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