PEORIA, Aris. – As the number of new cases of COVID-19 remains high, more and more children are experiencing a rare and potentially life-threatening symptom.
A 9-year-old Peoria boy is a survivor, and his family is thankful for it on Thanksgiving Day.
Caden is taking it easy this Thanksgiving as he recovers from childhood multi-inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). MIS-C is a rare symptom that develops weeks after a child is seemingly over COVID-19.
Weeks after he thought Caden was over the virus, he developed a high fever. Then Caden’s mother, Sarah Veysey, noticed a rash.
“It just looked weird. It was a stain. And I pulled down his pajama shirt, and there were stains all over his chest and back, and I thought something wasn’t right,” Veysey said.
Caden’s parents took him to the emergency room and then the experience was traumatic for everyone involved.
“They measured his blood pressure,” Veysey said. “His blood pressure was extremely low.”
According to the CDC, children with MIS-C experience inflammation of the organs, including the heart, lungs and kidneys.
Caden has been in the hospital for about a week.
“He is very lucky that we were there early,” said Veysey. “His heart developed inflammation. The echocardiogram was good. There are some children with very serious heart injuries.”
As they gather around the table this Thanksgiving, Caden’s family counts their blessings.
“We are very grateful to be together,” Veysey said.
The CDC recommends taking children to the emergency room right away if they show symptoms such as a rash, confusion, chest pain, abdominal pain, or difficulty breathing after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
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