11-year-old found safe in Florida swamp

(NBC) - Nadia Bloom was dehydrated and covered in mosquito bites after being found in a swampy area of Seminole County on Tuesday, but her doctor said she's in pretty good shape.

After a long journey on foot through a wooded area near Lake Jesup, Nadia was transported to South Seminole Hospital in Longwood for treatment.

Dr. Rakish Parekh said Nadia had numerous bug bites and abrasions, but he's amazed at how well she's doing.

An ambulance carrying Nadia arrived at the hospital just before 12:30 p.m. Her mother and father were close behind, but paused long enough to give a law enforcement officer a grateful hug.

"Nadia is doing wonderfully. She actually came in, she was very appropriate (and) smiling. Her vitals were stable. She clearly has had the effects of being outside for five days. She's got a lot of abrasions, bites and things that you would expect," Parekh said. "But she's handling it very, very well."

People who had never met Nadia -- and only knew her story -- came to the hospital to cheer her on.

"They found she's alive. I have goosebumps. I'm so excited," supporter Joanne Moreau said. "It's a good day. It's a happy ending to this."

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