Boy, 11, unable to eat as everything tastes like ‘sewage and rotten eggs’

A young boy from Liverpool had been left unable to eat after having Covid-19 left all food tasting like “sewage and poo”.

Mum Dawn Kafi says her 11-year-old son Malisse has not been able to eat for almost 50 days and even water tastes like “rotten eggs”.

Malisse tested positive for Covid-19 on September 20 and initially showed no symptoms until he lost his normal taste and smell, causing him to vomit.

His mother tried cooking his favourite meals but he continued to say the food was off and everything smelt.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Dawn said: “He said food tasted like sewage and poo and water tasted like rotten eggs and he would keep throwing up.

"It wasn't just food. It was supermarkets, the smell of cars going past it all made him retch. I didn't know what to do or what it was.

"I stopped cooking so there were no unpleasant smells in the air and we tried everything to get him to eat..

Malisse was diagnosed with parosmia, which distorts your sense of smell, by doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

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He was given a steroid nasal spray but despite that and using pegs on his nose, Malisse still was unable to eat.

With his condition deteriorating, Malisse was taken to Alder Hey's A&E department on October 21 but nothing was immediately wrong following is blood tests.

Malisse was still not eating and was still really poorly, according to his mum, but he was discharged.

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It was only on November 1 when Malisse became so ill, he could no longer stand and began slurring his words that he was taken into Alder Hey's A&E and admitted.

Dawn said: “He was initially put on IV fluids but that was taken out the next day and he's just been deteriorating every day. He lost 2kg of weight in the space of two days and now weighs 42kg despite always being a chunky monkey.

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“He's lost a significant amount of weight, a huge amount.”

Dawn was worried at one point her son ' would die' if action was not taken after watching him deteriorate.

Malaise showed no improvement following his first ten days in the hospital and a decision was made to put him on an NG tube so he could be fed.

His mum says he is still unable to eat.

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