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Rare COVID-19 complication puts St. George boy in hospital

SALT LAKE CITY — A family in St. George warns of a rare but life-threatening complication of COVID-19 that leaves their 6-year-old in intensive care.

Logan Trombley spent eight days at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital with multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) after being exposed to COVID-19.

“It was kind of weird actually because he didn’t have any symptoms,” Lona Trombley said.

But four weeks later, the virus caused his body to essentially attack itself. Logan had a fever, vomiting, fatigue, and a rash.

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“You could see it going down and it didn’t get any better,” said Eric Trombley.

Logan was taken by air from St. George to Salt Lake City. ICU doctors stabilized the first-grader, but doctors told his parents to brace themselves.

“She had warned me in advance, ‘Looks like we’re getting better, but there will be hiccups. That’s the way this virus works,” Lona said. “We went to the pediatric ward and he relapsed, so we had to increase his medication and his steroids.”

“The majority of children we see this in were previously healthy,” says Dr. Erin Treemarcki, a pediatric rheumatologist at Primary Children’s Hospital and University of Utah Health.

Logan has a textbook case of MIS-C that attacked his heart, kidneys, and liver.

Treemarcki said the hospital has treated 129 children with MIS-C since the start of the pandemic.

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“What we understand is that when you’re exposed to COVID-19, some kids’ immune systems are triggered by that exposure to COVID-19, and weeks later they develop this inflammatory syndrome,” said Dr. Treemarcki.

The best prevention, advises Dr. Tremarcki, is a COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for young children.

“It wasn’t fun,” Logan said.

“Just because you get past the COVID scare and you come out healthy, doesn’t mean you’re out. There are side effects,” Lona said.

Logan’s fatigue remains constant and he can only go to school for half a day. His parents expect a cardiologist to monitor his heart for the rest of his life.