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Aftermath of COVID: Macedon 10-year-old battles Alopecia after recovery from virus

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Sophia Goodfriend, a ten-year-old resident of Macedon is battling an unexpected aftermath of COVID-19: Alopecia Universalis, a condition causing total hair loss.

Sophia and her family recovered from COVID-19 in December 2021, but months later, they noticed a patch of hair missing from Sophia’s scalp, which gradually led to complete hair loss. Her story was recently documented by The Times of Wayne County.

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Despite consultations with pediatricians, holistic doctors, and dermatologists, the cause was ultimately attributed to an immunity deficiency following her battle with the virus.

Sophia’s family, despite the uncertainty and hardship, have embraced their situation with positivity. With the help of “Children with Hair Loss” (CWHL), a group providing annual wigs to children experiencing hair loss, and the local wig company “Foxy Hair Alternatives,” Sophia has found suitable head coverings. She continues to live a normal life, attending school, swimming, and even participating in a dance school, where teachers have adapted hair styling practices to accommodate her condition.