Update: Thank you so much to everyone for their response and prayers and thoughts.
ShelbyAnne is out of the ICU and her fever has broken. Yay. No word yet on when she is coming home.
A side note: she had a kidney infection, not a brain virus. She did not need an operation.
The first report was from my mom, who is a notoriously faulty source, especially concerning medical information (ask my sister.) I should have known not to believe her. It is just another in a long string of mom misunderstandings.
In any case, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
My nephew and his wife are in their early 20's and had a very premature baby last year.
The little girl has cerebral palsy and has always been very weak and small. Now she is 15 months old and about the size of a 6 month old. I don't think she will ever walk, can't move her left side, can't hold her head up.
Now she has a virus in her brain. It is serious and she is in intensive care in a children's hospital while they decide what to do. An operation is dangerous. Not operating may not be an option.
It's a bad situation, and no matter what happens it is still going to be bad.
So if you can send a prayer or a good vibe or light a candle for baby ShelbyAnne, I would appreciate it. Thank you, internet friends.