An estimated between 25 and 35% of people who get it will die, even after aggressive medical treatment.
"I believe she's had a total of three surgeries so far," Ordway said.
Soon, baby Hunter started showing similar symptoms. He's now in a neonatal intensive care unit where he is expected to fully recover.
Ironically, both Bree and her husband are in the business of saving lives. Bree Drips is a newly registered nurse and her husband Brandon is an engineer firefighter in La Mesa.
"The reaction throughout the firehouse was they couldn't believe this was happening," said Captain Sonny Saghera, with Heartland Fire and Rescue.
Though he did not want to go on camera, Brandon Drips told 10News via phone interview that his wife is awake, but not out of the woods yet. He also confirmed that baby Hunter is going to recover and should be released from the NICU soon.
"I have a feeling there's a long road ahead of her, so that's why everyone is really trying to do as much as they can," Saghera said.
In addition, Ordway's "Crossfit H2" gym is holding a workout fundraiser for the Drips family on Saturday, December 17 from 8 a.m. to noon, with a $10 drop-in donation. The gym is located at 14401 Bond Ct. in El Cajon. For questions call Nick at (619) 922-0190.