Kansas City, Missouri 2021-01-27 22:45:36 –
Payson, Arizona — Whatever “IT” was, 12-year-old Elizabeth English certainly had it. Smiley, hopeful and lively. Her mother, Carrie, describes her as “cheerful.”
“She was deeply involved in all that kind of cheerleading and gymnastics for the Students’ Union,” said Carrie English.
So, in early December, when Lizzie came home from school and felt sick, English thought it was just the onset of a cold or flu.
No one knew what was coming next. Over the weekend, everything changed and it was terribly wrong.
“There is a very clear rash, fever, upper abdominal pain and neck and eye pain,” the English said. “She showed very classic symptoms.”
Typical Symptoms of Multi-Organ Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)
In most cases, children infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms. A few weeks after having it, their important organs can be affected and fail.
“MISC” is very rare, but Dr. Washim M. Balan, who treats pediatric infections with Phoenix Children’s, says doctors are seeing more cases of it.
“We expected a lot of viruses to spread in the community and the secondary consequences would be an increase in MIS-C patients,” Ballan said.
By the time Lizzie was transferred from Payson to Phoenix Children’s, “her fever was 105 degrees, her heart rate was uncontrollable, and her blood pressure was really low,” the mother said.
Lizzie was immediately placed in the intensive care unit. She will die in two days.
“If I knew this rash, I might have seen this fever and told me to go on Friday. Instead of fixing this, you know,” her mom said.
Balun states that MIS-C can be treated if detected early.
In English, we discuss MIS-C warning signs and symptoms on social media, chat rooms, and survivor networks.
“One of my biggest regrets at the time may not have given her enough time in the hospital,” says English.
A young life full of possibilities is now a parent’s memory, shared and never forgotten.
This article was written by Mark Phillips for KNXV.
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