Boy, 7, left with skin blisters while battling deadly illness 'linked to Covid'

A mum has told how her son developed a deadly illness thought to be linked with Covid-19 just six weeks after they both beat the virus.

Logan Walsh, seven, had caught Covid with his mum Jessica, 43, in November, and initially displayed no symptoms of the virus or any further illness. But weeks later, he developed a fever and began vomiting.

Jessica then noticed a rash on his body and saw that his hands and feet had begun to swell. She contacted a GP and was advised to call an ambulance on December 16.

She said: ‘They go on all the time about how this pandemic only affects the elderly and often say it doesn’t seem to affect children.

‘Paramedics arrived, checking the rash wasn’t meningitis, checking the usual observations but all came back normal. They were concerned he hadn’t had a wee in over 12 hours, and told us if he hadn’t gone by the evening, to take him to A&E.’

Logan was then transferred to Leeds General Infirmary, after his rash continued to spread. There, a specialist diagnosed him with paediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (PIMS-TS), which can cause organ failure, heart murmurs and blistered skin.

He went on to develop a heart murmur, which resulted in him being moved
to ICU, where his condition worsened. His body had started to swell as it tried to heal, and his blood had become dangerously thin.

Logan received a form of steroid treatment, and stayed on the ward for seven days. His condition is now under control, but Jessica says he is undergoing physiotherapy to walk again, due to his swollen muscles and joints.

Jessica said: ‘When this first began happening, not all doctors were able to recognise it, and the link in the condition to Covid-19 is only just starting to be
taken seriously.

‘Thankfully Logan is recovering slowly, and made it home on Christmas Day. But he is on a mountain of drugs, and has many appointment for scans, dietitians, cardio to name just a few.

‘It will take a long time to fully recover – everyone needs to be taking this pandemic seriously and have awareness of the conditions it can lead to.’

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