9-year-old in Lexington suffers from a condition associated with COVID-19
9-year-old in Lexington suffers from a condition associated with COVID-19

9-year-old in Lexington suffers from a condition associated with COVID-19

LEXINGTON, NC (WGHP) – A Lexington mother knows the reality of COVID-19 and other medical problems surrounding the virus.

Her daughter is now battling a condition known as MIS-C or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome.

Maleigha Turner, 9 years old, has been battling the rare condition all month.

Her mother Joni Williams has a message for parents who do not believe in COVID-19’s life-changing influences.

“It’s been very difficult to know that my child was healthy before this,” Williams said.

A healthy, active and happy child is how Williams describes his daughter before her diagnosis MIS-C.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a rare condition associated with COVID-19. It inflames the body, organs and can cause breathing problems. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and continued fever.

There have only been about 7,000 child cases reported to the CDC.

“All she could do was scream ‘help me, help me, help me’, which broke my heart. Your baby is going through it and there is nothing you can do,” Williams explained.

Maleigha began complaining of neck pain and had a fever of 104 almost three weeks after she tested positive for COVID-19.

“There is no test for this. They just have to base it on your child’s symptoms and a lot of lab work,” Williams said.

Fortunately, a doctor at Brenner Children’s Hospital noticed the patterns of MIS-C and checked her into the hospital.

The condition eventually got her into the intensive care unit.

Williams documented his daughter’s trip on Facebook to create awareness.

It was only this Sunday that Maleigha was able to set up with assistance. A day later, she was walking around her hospital room.

“I feel like if she hadn’t been vaccinated, my baby would probably have ended up on the ventilator that she was close to getting on,” Williams said.

The one thing that motivates Maleigha now is to miss her brother.

“I just miss my little brother,” she said.

The only reason Maleigha was tested for COVID-19 was because her little brother had it. She had not shown any symptoms while she was infected with the virus.

Williams said Maleigha might be able to go home on Tuesday.

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