Karter Settle, aged one, developed serious health complications after having Covid (Picture: ABC 13)
A 16-month-old toddler wailed in pain after her liver and spleen swelled up as a result of her Covid infection.
Karter Settle, from Houston, Texas, went ‘several days’ without food and needed a blood transfusion after the disease attack her major organs.
That’s according to her mom, Dale Settle, who is speaking out to warn parents of the severe impact coronavirus can have on young children.
Dale said: ‘The cry, I can’t even begin to describe the type of cry that she had. It was something that I never heard.
‘And, she didn’t eat for several days. That’s not like her, so to see your baby laying there and they’re nothing like themselves, it’s heartbreaking.’
Karter’s journey began a couple of weeks ago when she developed a fever for five days straight. On the sixth day, her parents took her to urgent care and were then transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital for specialist treatment, reports ABC 13.
‘While we waited for the test results, we had no idea what was wrong with her because she had an enlarged liver, enlarged kidney, spleen and she also had low iron’ Dale explained.
A quick test confirmed that Karter had Covid and led doctors to believe it was the disease that caused the toddler’s body to have all of those reactions.
As a result, Karter had to have a blood transfusion and even had to learn to walk again, her mother added.
She said: ‘No one is exempt. It doesn’t matter if you’re older, younger. Karter is healthy.
Karter was treated at Texas Children’s Hospital (Picture: ABC 13)
Karter had to learn how to walk again after the having Covid (Picture: ABC 13)
‘She doesn’t have any pre-existing conditions or anything like that, so for her to have Covid – and not just to have it – but to experience some of the symptoms that she did, goes to show no one is exempt.’
Dr. Amy Arrington, ICU physician with Texas Children’s Hospital, added: ‘We started off, even as pediatricians, thinking that children would be fine, and we would escape this pandemic without having a lot of pediatric admissions, but that hasn’t, at least for Texas, proven to be true.’
Since the pandemic began the US has recorded 26.6 million cases and 455,000 deaths.
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