Cameron Brown, eight, was put in an induced coma
Cameron Brown, eight, was rushed to hospital three weeks after having the virus. The youngster, who had tested positive for COVID-19 but showed no symptoms, noticed a large lump on his neck and rashes on his body. He later suffered blurred vision while watching the television.
Medics at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow discovered Cameron had Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS), a delayed reaction to the body trying to overcome coronavirus.
He was placed into the coma as his heart started to fail, reports Daily Record.
But the little fighter pulled through and was eventually discharged on Saturday, more than a week after being admitted to A&E.
His mum Lorraine, 45, knew nothing about PIMS before the diagnosis and now wants to warn other parents.
She said: “I hadn’t heard of it before but they said that, after Covid, antibodies can be over fighting and swelling up.
“All night long he was getting various tests done. They were using haemoglobin to regulate his heart but it wasn’t responding.
“At that point at around 9am in the morning they decided to put him into an induced coma.
“I had just focussed on him getting better but, when they said that, it was my breakdown point.
“You know his heart is failing and that antithetic can be quite dangerous.”
Lorraine, of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, recalls begging Cameron to “come back”.
She said: “I had a chat with him before it and told him, ‘you can’t go to sleep, you’ve got to come back’.
“But he wasn’t scared. He is a very strong willed and determined little child.”
The little boy was kept in ICU for three days before he woke up.
And after recovering in hospital, he was able to return to school on Monday.
Lorraine, who has two older sons, added: “He’s had a bit of brain of fog and has been complaining about leg cramps but he’s been through a lot.
“This week he’s been back doing extracurricular activities. I think it’s quite unusual for a kid to bounce back that quickly.
“The steroids have been affecting his hormones but physically he’s doing really well.”
Cameron noticed a lump in his neck
He wasn’t scared. He is a very strong willed and determined little child
Recalling Cameron’s fight, dad James, 48, said: “My head was spinning, we were so worried, but thankfully by that point they had managed to stabilise his body enough so that the steroids were able to do their job.
“The consultant explained that with PIMS they tend to see it in kids who have no underlying health conditions and have basically got strong immune systems.
“It’s almost like your immune system is too strong, and it gets over Covid too quickly. So the kids aren’t having any symptoms – or if they do it’s really mild – and then they are at risk of suffering from PIMS.
“Because the body largely recovered from Covid and the immune system still thinks it’s fighting the virus, so it ramps up and gets to a point where the immune system starts attacking the body and starts inflaming the major organs.
“In Cameron’s case, it was his heart that was struggling.
“As long as you can get the immune system under control, you can recover really quickly because it’s not like an infection or a disease that is attacking your body. It’s your own body’s immune system. Once you can control that you can bounce back and recover.”
Cameron discovered a lump on his neck on the day he was due to get his flu jab at school.
“On Tuesday, November 2 he said he had a sore lump on his neck,” Lorraine continued.
“I spoke to the doctor and they thought it was just his lymph glands. His temperature went up to about 40 degrees but the doctor said it might be a reaction to his flu vaccine.
“On the Thursday he was still very tired. He managed some food on the Thursday night but was sick in the night.
“After that he wasn’t interested in food. We called the doctor again and she took urine samples, checked his chest and his pulse. She was quite concerned but his temperature was really high.”
Lorraine was told to call 111 if Cameron’s condition deteriorated over the weekend.
On the Saturday afternoon he developed a rash on his hand and his face.
About half an hour later, he was watching television when he told his mum he couldn’t see the screen properly.
Lorraine called 111 and they told her to bring Cameron into A&E. It was there that they discovered the youngster had symptoms of PIMS.
Cameron’s blood pressure dropped and his heart quickly started to fail.
James, a patient attorney, said: “I would say to other parents, if you do have children under 16 and they have had Covid, just keep an eye on them for the next few weeks.
“Our doctors in Stonehaven hadn’t ever seen a case of PIMS before and the consultants in Glasgow said they had seen around 40-50 kids so far with PIMS.
“But on the run up to the October break, Covid was rife in the schools and I think they are worried they are going to see more cases.
“Watch out for the symptoms – a fever, enlarged lymph glands, conjunctivitis, rashes. Keep an eye on the little things that could be a sign of this. Especially if your kid gets over it very quickly.
“We are lucky with the fantastic medical care we received and that they managed to get the steroids working, another few hours and we might have had a very different story on our hands.”
Lorraine added: “It’s important to test regularly with a lateral flow. They don’t encourage the testing of primary school kids but because children fight it so well you wouldn’t know they had it.
“If your child has tested positive then you’ll know to look out for the symptoms of PIMS. Otherwise you could miss it. Yes it is rare, but it can happen.”