Covid-19: Boy left with red eyes, hands after contracting rare illness

Pennsylvania - Condition is known to affect young children who are infected with coronavirus.

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Published: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 1:08 PM

Last updated: Fri 15 Jan 2021, 1:14 PM

In a rare medical case that occurred in the US, a young boy's eyes and hands turned red after he contracted a condition linked to Covid-19.

After investigations, Oliver Shultz, 11, of Latrobte, Pennsylvania, was found to be suffering from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), a rare condition that affects young children infected with coronavirus.

MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes and other internal organs. Children with MIS-C may have fever and other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired.

According to a report in Mirror, Oilver was taken to hospital several times. First it was a backache, then a fever and finally testing positive for Covid-19. However, an infectious disease doctor diagnosed him with MIS-C — a rare condition.

Broken blood vessels had turned Oliver's eyes red. At one time, his feet turned blue, his hands turned red, and he developed a rash, said his mother Aimee Schultz, who rushed him to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.

He was immediately taken to the intensive care unit where doctors treated him for MIS-C. Doctors are running tests and researching Oliver's case to hopefully find some answers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the illness's link to Covid-19 in children.

“The scariest thing for my husband and I is not knowing. It’s new, so there’s no research. We don’t know what the long-term effects will be for him, what his future will look like,” Aimee was quoted as saying in the report.

Oliver has since been discharged from hospital and is confined at home while giving his heart and other organs time to heal. He has three different heart conditions from myocarditis and doctors have given three months for his heart to heal.

Oliver is a horse riding enthusiast and can't wait to get back to riding.

The exact causes of MIS-C has yet to be determined but several children with MIS-C were found to be infected with Covid-19 virus or had been around someone who had Covid.

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