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Coronavirus UK: Mother talks of young son’s Kawasaki disease

A mother has urgently advised fellow parents to look out for Kawasaki disease affecting their children after her five-year-old son fell seriously ill with the condition. 

Hannah Fields and her husband Luke, from West Yorkshire, became concerned with the health of their son, Harry, after he developed an inflammatory fever and an alarmingly-fast heart rate which left him unable to stand.

Harry was admitted to a hospital ward amongst patients with coronavirus at Leeds General Infirmary where he had to be given antibiotics, fluids and steroids through a drip for five days after being diagnosed with the disease.

5-year-old Harry Fields (pictured), from West Yorkshire, fell seriously ill after contracting the deadly Kawasaki disease last month

5-year-old Harry Fields (pictured), from West Yorkshire, fell seriously ill after contracting the deadly Kawasaki disease last month

5-year-old Harry Fields (pictured), from West Yorkshire, fell seriously ill after contracting the deadly Kawasaki disease last month

Harry's mother, Hannah (second left) and her husband Luke (second right) became concerned with their son (right)'s condition after he had a very high fever and an alarmingly-fast heart rate

Harry's mother, Hannah (second left) and her husband Luke (second right) became concerned with their son (right)'s condition after he had a very high fever and an alarmingly-fast heart rate

Harry’s mother, Hannah (second left) and her husband Luke (second right) became concerned with their son (right)’s condition after he had a very high fever and an alarmingly-fast heart rate

Kawasaki disease, which causes blood vessels throughout the body to swell and causes a ‘pinprick’ rash, fever and swollen lymph nodes, is believed to be linked with COVID-19 as it is a sign that a child has suffered from the virus in the past.

Harry first fell ill on April 24 after developing a temperature and a sore throat, which caused him to have a lack of energy and no appetite, but a GP suspected it was tonsillitis and treated him with antibiotics. 

However, Harry’s condition deteriorated a week later when he started hallucinating and developed a temperature exceeding 40 degrees and a heart-rate of 169bpm, which forced his parents to call 999. 

Mrs Fields, who works as a mobile hairdresser, told The Yorkshire Evening Post: ‘He was one very poorly five-year-old boy.

‘Thank god for my husband Luke dialling 999 as early diagnosis is key to saving life.

‘If he had been left untreated any longer the out come would’ve been very different.’ 

Blood tests at the hospital showed Harry had inflammation in his heart, kidney and bowels, with the five-year-old diagnosed with ‘variant multi system vascular inflammatory response’.

Harry was initially treated for tonsillitis after his parents took him to the GP with his original symptoms but his condition deteriorated a week later and his father was forced to call 999

Harry was initially treated for tonsillitis after his parents took him to the GP with his original symptoms but his condition deteriorated a week later and his father was forced to call 999

Harry was initially treated for tonsillitis after his parents took him to the GP with his original symptoms but his condition deteriorated a week later and his father was forced to call 999 

The five-year-old boy was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary (pictured) and was diagnosed with 'variant multi system vascular inflammatory response' which is linked to coronavirus

The five-year-old boy was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary (pictured) and was diagnosed with 'variant multi system vascular inflammatory response' which is linked to coronavirus

The five-year-old boy was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary (pictured) and was diagnosed with ‘variant multi system vascular inflammatory response’ which is linked to coronavirus

Harry also took two coronavirus tests but both came back negative. 

Mrs Fields revealed that Harry is still being treated for Kawasaki disease through aspirin, ECGs and heart echoes.

On her son’s condition now, she said: ‘He is thankfully making a good recovery.

‘I just want to make it more aware to people as I don’t think they know enough about how this virus can affect children.’ 

Harry (pictured) is still being treated for the Kawasaki disease with aspirin, ECGs and heart echoes - the disease has affected around 100 children in the UK

Harry (pictured) is still being treated for the Kawasaki disease with aspirin, ECGs and heart echoes - the disease has affected around 100 children in the UK

Harry (pictured) is still being treated for the Kawasaki disease with aspirin, ECGs and heart echoes – the disease has affected around 100 children in the UK

Mrs Fields (left) has warned other parents to look out for the disease which has affected around 100 young children in the UK

Mrs Fields (left) has warned other parents to look out for the disease which has affected around 100 young children in the UK

Mrs Fields (left) has warned other parents to look out for the disease which has affected around 100 young children in the UK

Kawasaki disease has affected around 100 children so far in the UK, with the disease also spreading around Europe. 

While a British study claimed there is a link between the disease and COVID-19, WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said this week that there is no clear connection between the two deadly illnesses. 

Alexander Parsons, an eight-month-year-old baby from Plymouth, sadly passed away due to the disease after being rushed to hospital last month. 

WHAT IS KAWASAKI DISEASE?

 Kawasaki disease is a condition that mainly affects children under the age of five. The cause of it is unknown, but it is believed to be an autoimmune response to an infection.  

Around eight in every 100,000 children develop Kawasaki disease in the UK each year.

It’s characteristic symptoms include a rash, swollen glands, dry or cracked lips, red fingers or toes and red eyes.

According to the NHS it is always treated in hospital and anyone who notices symptom in a child is told to speak to their GP or call 111 urgently. 

Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), a solution of antibodies, and aspirin are the two main medicines used.

Though children can make a full recovery within six to eight weeks, some complications can develop from the condition, including with the heart.

If untreated, complications can be fatal in about 2 to 3 per cent of cases.

Source: NHS England 

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