When the pandemic of COVID-19, many fathers and mothers breathed easy knowing that children would be the population group least affected by the virus, and that most of them would overcome the disease asymptomatically and without any complications.
However, in late April, some were detected in New York severe pediatric cases that set off alarms. Several minors who had tested positive for the new coronavirus had symptoms similar to those produced Kasawaki disease. And although the health authorities did not want to rush their diagnosis, they feared that the clinical picture of those children was not a mere coincidence, but some kind of complication derived from the virus.
As doctors suspected, serious cases of children with COVID-19 continued to arrive in city hospitals. And as revealed this Sunday the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, have been registered in the state a total of 120 minors who tested positive for the virus, and they presented characteristic symptoms of Kawasaki disease.
"I don't think it's just 120 children"Cuomo said this Sunday at his daily press conference. “I think it is a syndrome that we are only discovering. I think the numbers are going to be much higher, "he added.
Kawasaki disease causes in younger patients an inflammation of the blood vessels, (skin rashes, nodes, conjunctivitis and heart problems in their most serious types). Children diagnosed in New York City had these conditions, as well as a kind of "toxic shock." However, the disease, which appears to be derived from COVID-19, it did not develop in all of them in the same way, and the symptoms vary widely in each patient.
Although these are "rare" reactions, the tension and nervousness between parents has increased in recent weeks, as the number of cases has increased. And according to CuomoWe could only be looking at the tip of the iceberg.
“It is really important that we know the facts. Is it just 120 children and an anomaly? Or is it just the tip of the iceberg representing thousands of children who have had that reaction?"he asked at the conference.
Faced with this concern, the families of three children who passed COVID-19 and were on the brink of death after suffering an inflammatory syndrome allegedly linked to the virus, told their stories in an interview with the network. NBC4.
They assured that their children were absolutely healthy before their hospitalization. In all of them, antibodies to the new coronavirus were found, but none knew that they had had the disease.
Jayden Hardowar: 8 years old
The Hardowar family nightmare began on the night of April 23.
Until then, like any other boy his age, his son Jayden had spent hours of entertaining home confinement, learning at a distance, singing and playing laypersons. However, at the end of that day, the fever suddenly rose. The thermometer read 39.5º C.
When checking that the temperature did not drop, the child's parents, Navita and Roup Hardowar, They took him to the pediatrician. There, the doctor examined Jayden and prescribed Tylenol, a pain reliever that also reduces fever.
However, the days passed and the couple's concern for their son's condition increased. Although he was normally a restless and energetic child, the illness had made him lose his appetite; I was dejected and constantly thirsty.
"When the fever started, he immediately started asking for water and more water", recalled Jayden's father, Roup Hardowar, in an interview with the television NBC4.
As soon as body temperature dropped, the little boy scout from the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, New York, started with diarrhea. Then Navita and Roup made an appointment with the pediatrician again. This time, the doctor explained that he probably your child's stomach condition was due to dehydration
"They thought maybe it was because I wasn't eating much," said Roup Hardowar. "Obviously he didn't recover."
On April 28, five days after his first visit to the doctor, Jayden suffered cardiac arrest while watching television with his mother in bed.
"I quickly looked at his face and his lips were all blue"Navita Hardowar recalled during the interview with the television station. "I started screaming his name. I was not reacting. "
Minutes later, an ambulance transported the minor to the clinic. Cohen Children's Hospital, where they hooked him up to a respirator.
"We could have avoided cardiac arrest if we had been in the hospital earlier," said the boy's father.
On May 12, Jayden was disconnected from the fan. And although he is already home, he is still weak. So much so that his mother watches him nervously at night while sleeping.
"He does not have the strength to join two pieces of lego alone"Roup Hardowar said.
As they explained to the television station NBC-4 Doctors who cared for the little boy scout in recent weeks have treated dozens of pediatric patients who tested positive for the coronavirus and suffered from the same disease and inflammation as Jayden, severe enough to cause cardiac arrest or multi-organ failure.
Jissel Rosario Cruz, 12 years old
In the case of Jissel Rosario from Newark, New Jersey, the disease was not manifested through fevers or diarrhea. It actually appeared as a strange pain in the upper thigh, that he felt just after getting up on April 13.
“I thought maybe he had slept badly. But the pain was more ", said his mother, Alma Cruz, in statements to the NBC4.
Initially, Alma acknowledged, she refused to take her daughter to the doctor for fear of exposing her to the new coronavirus. However, when he saw that Jissel's leg had started to sweatHe immediately took her to the emergency room, where doctors told her that she was probably suffering from a bacterial skin infection known as cellulite. After prescribing antibiotics, they sent them back home.
Days passed and the treatment seemed to have no effect. ANDThe pain intensified, to the point that the child was afraid to go to the emergency room.
“When it got worse, I was very scared to go to the hospital. It felt like someone was stabbing me in the leg. My feet hurt a lot, ”Jissel Rosario recalled during the interview.
On April 21, her feet changed color, and her mother rushed her to Newark Beth Israel Hospital. There, they were told that the patient's condition was "critical," and that they had detected a blood clot in her foot. But the worst had not yet come.
The medicine Jissel was given to treat the clot affected his lungs, and led to cardiac arrest. For 45 minutes, the team of doctors performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. And after this, they connected her to a respirator.
According to Alma Cruz, the health workers who treated her daughter told her that the girl had a 50% chance of surviving.
"It was surreal. I felt it was a nightmare, but I never lost my faith ", remembered.
On May 12, the minor was discharged from hospital. Although the COVID-19 results were negative, the antibody test was positive, indicating that Jissel Rosario had already overcome the disease.
Dr. Derrick McQueen, director of pediatric critical care at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, said he could not say for sure that the clot was a consequence of the new coronavirus. But some doctors have detected similar cases in other pediatric patients, leading them to believe that inflammation of the blood vessels is caused by an exaggerated immune reaction, It is developed to defend itself against the virus infection, according to the American television.
"I am very happy to have returned home with my mom and my grandmother," said the minor. "I almost died, but I feel much better."
Jack McMorrow: 14 years old
On April 18, Jack McMorrow suffered the first symptom of pediatric syndrome: a rash that appeared on the top of his hands, and quickly spread to her palms and wrists.
Three days after the dermatological inflammation, the Woodside teenager, Queen, presented 38.7ºC of fever. And on April 23, his parents took him to the pediatrician, where they performed a mononucleosis test and a COVID-19 test. Both tests were negative.
When checking the test results, and ruling out those conditions, the doctor believed that McMorrow had a bacterial infection, so he prescribed amoxicillin. However, the young man's condition worsened.
On April 26, her body temperature did not drop below 40ºC. A lymph node appeared in his neck that swelled to almost the size of a golf ball, he was having trouble breathing and the pain in his body prevented him from walking.
That same day, he was admitted to the Morgan Stanley pediatric clinic.
"It was terrifying. I didn't think I was going to survive at all, "the teenager told the network. NBC-4.
During his hospital stay, antibody tests confirmed that Jack had passed COVID-19, so he was given steroid treatment. After recovering in the clinic and returning home, the young man said that the worst moment was seeing his father praying on his knees for him in the hospital.
"It was painful. It was frightening. And I just pray that it doesn't happen to anyone else, ”Jack said.
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