Boy suffering from Kawasaki-like disease linked to Covid left fighting for life

A schoolboy in Scotland suffering from a Kawasaki-like disease linked to Covid is fighting for his life after his vital organs became inflamed.

Jack Fair, 10, from Armadale, West Lothian, spent a week in intensive care after his parents, Tommy and Tracey, both 51, noticed their son appeared to be confused on November 8.

Tracey immediately called NHS24 and was advised to take Jack straight to St John’s Hospital, where he tested negative for coronavirus.

Despite this, Jack’s condition deteriorated and tests showed his vital organs had become inflamed.

The situation was so serious doctors told Tracey and Tommy Jack’s heart had started to give up and his blog pressure dangerously low.

Medics told the distraught couple they believed jack was suffering from a rare Kawasaki-like disease that has been linked to coronavirus in children.

Tracey told the Daily Record: "Because it is so rare, doctors were unsure on how to deal with Jack.

"We were dealing with pretty much all the heads of the hospital, who ultimately saved his life. But even they were saying that this is a new disease.

"They had to get in touch with doctors who have treated patients with the disease to learn from their experiences and provide their own expertise for future cases.

"Even though it is rare just now because of Covid, and obviously people are getting more sick with the virus, it could happen to more and more children."

The new condition, which is like Kawasaki disease, has been called PIMS-TS by experts and can be fatal in around 2-3% of cases.

PIMS-TS is an inflammatory syndrome that can cause a fever, inflammation and organ dysfunction.

After five days, the youngster’s condition began to improve and he was moved out of ICU and onto another ward.

Jack is now back home and on the mend but medics have warned it will be a long road to recovery as the disease has taken its toll on his body.

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Tracey said: "He’s started heading back to school for a couple of hours to see his pals every now and again, but he can’t use the stairs or do gym classes at the minute.

"We’re trying to give him a wee bit of normality, but if it’s too tiring for him then we’ll need to look at it again. But the cardiologist says that he’s making really good progress so far.

"Because his condition is Covid-related neither us nor the experts really know what the future holds for Jack.

"We just need to hope that he will get back to being his normal self."

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