An eight-year-old schoolboy was placed in an induced coma after a rare reaction to COVID-19, Mirror Report.
Cameron Brown was taken to hospital three weeks after recovering from the virus. The boy, who tested positive for the virus but showed no symptoms, had a large lump on his neck and a rash on his body.
Four days later, his vision became blurry while watching television. His concerned mother Lorraine and father James took Cameron to A&E where doctors diagnosed him with Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS).
The rare condition causes severe inflammation throughout the body as the immune system attacks the body.
Cameron’s condition rapidly deteriorated and his heart began to fail.
To stabilize him, doctors put Cameron into an induced coma and moved him from the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
The young boy eventually pulls up, but James and Lorraine issue a dire warning to parents to be aware of the symptoms, after admitting they knew nothing about PIMS before their son became ill. Were.
Lorraine, 45, from Stonehaven, said to the mirror : “On October 11, Cameroon’s friend’s mother contacted me to say that her wee baby had tested positive for COVID.
“When I got home and we did a lateral flow test and two lines appeared we immediately isolated him.
“He was a little tired the first few days, but after that he was bouncing back on the couch to his normal self.
“I don’t think we wouldn’t have known that she had Covid if the mother had not contacted me.”
Three weeks after recovering from the virus, Cameron discovered a lump on his neck on the day he was about to get a flu jab at school.
Lorraine said: “On Tuesday, November 2nd they said they had a lump on their neck.
“I spoke to the doctor and he thought it was just his lymph glands. His temperature went up to about 40 degrees but the doctor said it could be a reaction to his flu vaccine.
“On Thursday he was still very tired. He arranged for some food on Thursday night but he was sick at night.
“After that she had no interest in food. We called the doctor again and she took urine samples, checked her chest and her pulse. She was quite worried but her temperature was really high.”
Lorraine was told to call 111 when Cameroon’s condition worsened over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, he got a rash on his hands and face.
About half an hour later, he was watching TV when he told his mother that he could not see the screen properly.
Lorraine called 111 and they told her to bring Cameron to A&E, where doctors found the child had symptoms of PIMS.
Lorraine said: “They took her blood pressure and it had dropped significantly. They connected her to various things and explained to PIMS.
“I hadn’t heard of it before, but he said that post-Covid, antibodies can overwhelm and fight inflammation.
“All night he was getting various tests. They were using hemoglobin to control his heart, but it was not responding.
“At that time around 9 in the morning they decided to put him in an induced coma.
“I just focused on getting better at him, but when he said that, that was my breakdown point.
“You know his heart is failing and this adversary can be quite dangerous.
“He was still very tired, but we had a FaceTime chat with his father and his brothers in the morning. The nurses told us to act normally and not alert them to what was going to happen.
“I chatted with him before that and told him, ‘You can’t go to sleep, you have to come back’.
“But he wasn’t scared. He’s a very strong-willed and determined little kid.”
Due to stormy conditions, the air ambulance was halted, so a Coast Guard helicopter picked up the doctors in Glasgow and flew them to Aberdeen.
The rescue team then assembled Cameroon and was taken to QEUH.
Cameron was kept in the ICU for three days before waking up.
Dad James, 48, said: “My head was spinning, we were very worried, but thankfully by that time they had managed to stabilize her body so that the steroids could do their job.
“The consultant explained that with PIMS they see it in children who have no underlying health conditions and basically strong immune systems.
“It’s almost as if your immune system is very strong, and it takes over covid very quickly. So kids have no symptoms – or if they really do have it mild – and then they are at risk of suffering from PIMS. There is danger.
“Because the body has largely recovered from COVID and the immune system still thinks it is fighting the virus, it ramps up and reaches a point where the immune system starts attacking the body. and starts swelling in the major organs.
“In Cameron’s case it was his heart that was struggling.
“As long as you can get the immune system under control, you can recover really quickly because it’s not like an infection or disease that’s attacking your body. It’s your own body’s immune system. Once When you can control that you can bounce back and be fine.”
Cameron spent a week in the hospital before being discharged.
The brave youngster was desperate to return home to see his 12-year-old brother Archie and 13-year-old Ben.
He also wanted to see his friends in school and returned after two days.
Lorraine said: “After a cold weekend he said he wanted to go straight to school.
“He had a little brain fog and was complaining of leg cramps, but he’s been through a lot.
“This week he’s doing extra-curricular activities. I think it’s quite unusual for a kid to bounce back so quickly.
“The steroid is affecting his hormones but physically he’s doing really well.”
The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children describes the main symptom of PIMS as a high temperature that lasts a few days.
Other symptoms may include:
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