Since the outbreak began, there have been three deaths in Arizona related to a COVID-linked illness in children, according to the Arizona Department of Health Service.
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An ADHS representative told ABC15 that they have received three confirmed deaths associated with Pediatric Multiple Systemic Inflammatory Disease, or MIS-C. private
MIS-C is a rare condition. But it is serious, affecting some children several weeks after COVID-19 infection or exposure.
Valley mother Reanna Milliman told ABC15 her daughter Raelynn, 8, was recently released from hospital after spending more than two weeks in the ICU for MIS-C.
“She’s just got so much better and she’s happy,” Milliman said.
That wasn’t the case in March, when Milliman said fever and fatigue had increased and her daughter began suffering from severe digestive problems that left Raelynn in the ICU.
“Speaking to the surgeon, they told me they had to have the colon completely removed … it’s very difficult for a mother to hear,” she said.
Fortunately, Leylin did not have to undergo surgery, although she had to deal with a blood clot and was now seeing a doctor on a regular basis when she recovered.
The Arizona Department of Health Services told ABC15 there were 116 confirmed cases of MIS-C in Arizona.
“Every time we have more COVID-19 infections, an increase in COVID-19 cases is followed by an increase in MIS-C patients,” said Dr. Wassimballan, infectious disease specialist. In the children’s hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital said.
Dr. Ballan says fever is a key component in the diagnosis of MIS-C, but other symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, rash or pink eyes.
“Having a fever is common,” says Dr. Ballan. “This doesn’t mean that every time a child has a fever, we have to worry a lot about MIS-C, but it is something to keep in mind while we are dealing. With the epidemic, especially if someone is known [COVID-19] The revelation coming ahead. “
Milliman, whose daughter was treated at another Valley hospital, said Raelynn was doing much better. But there was still a path that was not clear while she was still recovering.
“Now she can eat normally and play normally and laugh as usual,” Milliman said. “In the hospital, doctors told me this was one of the worst cases they had ever seen.”
While the condition is rare, Milliman hopes to raise awareness among other parents.
“Just be aware of those signs and don’t take them lightly,” she said.
Milliman still has a GoFundMe account to help her daughter. Which you can find here