Ollie Rodgers from Little Rock, Arkansas, has been diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (Picture: Fox 4)
A four-year-old boy was left unable to speak and only able groan in pain after developing ‘severe’ breathing difficulties due to a Covid-linked illness.
Ollie Rodgers from Little Rock, Arkansas, was ‘full of life’ before testing positive for coronavirus on January 8 and being admitted to hospital where he’s now being supported with oxygen.
The schoolboy has developed an inflammatory lung and heart condition associated with coronavirus called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C).
It can be deadly in some cases and has left Ollie bed-bound and unable to speak to his parents, reports Fox 4.
Ollie is being support with a supply of oxygen in hospital (Picture: Fox 4)
His mom, Whitney Rodgers, said: ‘He basically went from a somewhat lively sick child to he couldn’t speak properly. He could just groan.
‘It’s been a long week, and it is only halfway over. We were told it’s not a standard case, it’s a severe case.’
She added that Ollie developed a fever shortly after Christmas and took him to the emergency room when he became unresponsive at home.
“It can be very scary for families when it happens,” said Jessica Snowden, chief of paediatric infectious disease at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Whitney said Ollie sleeps most of the day in his hospital bed and isn’t awake for longer than 15 minutes at a time. Sensors hooked up to his forehead monitor for potential seizures.
She said doctors are treating her son with oxygen, heart medication and a feeding tube.
Whitney added: ‘They said we aren’t sure this is the only thing he’s got and that it’s just the traditional Covid. That’s when they brought up MIS-C.’
The syndrome can cause a rash, inflamed organs, neurological issues and the potential for long-term heart problems.
Whitney Rodger, Ollie’s mother, is speaking out to raise awareness (Picture:Fox 4)
Ollie is still receiving care in an Arkansas hospital (Picture: Fox 4)
Snowden added: ‘If your child has an unexplained fever and other symptoms where we can’t put our finger on any of the usual childhood explanations for this, you should talk to your doctor.’
Whitney added that she’s worried about the long-term effects of MIS-C and hopes to have her son back to full health in the not to distant future.
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