A 3-year-old boy from Missouri suffered a stroke after a positive test for antibodies to the coronavirus, his family says.
“We thought we were going to lose him for sure,” Colt’s father Tim Parris told local Fox 2 Now news station. “I don’t care how hard you are; you’re going to cry. You can’t help it when you’re your son. 3 years old lying there. “
Colt stopped eating and drinking last week, his mother, Sara Parris, told the station. She took him to a local clinic for a COVID-19 test, which was negative. But doctors at the clinic recommended that the 3-year-old son be taken to the hospital.
Subsequently, Colt, from the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital, tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus.
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Hours later, his mother said her son had lost the ability to move his right arm and right leg. His speech was also “off,” she noted.
“So, I went to deliver your [stuffed animal] Boo and I noticed that he didn’t use his dominating arm to grab him, “said Sara Parris.” He reached out to pick up his rabbit, and again, I knew something else was not right. “
Doctors quickly ran tests and found that there was a blockage in the child’s brain, a possible neurological effect of COVID-19.
“The diagnosis of COVID is important because we think that the reason this patient with COVID, including the child, has strokes and a variety of other problems is that they have a propensity to form clots,” Dr. Camilo Gomez, a neurologist who Colt removed brain clot on Wednesday, the news station said.
In fact, the new coronavirus has been linked to several neurological conditions, with a July study identifying such conditions as stroke, delirium, nerve damage and a rare inflammatory brain condition that can be fatal.
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That said, “there is really no other case like this,” Dr. Paul Carney, a pediatric neurologist who also treated Colt, told Fox 2 Now.
“What was different here was a child and, as I mentioned, there is really no other case like this,” said Carney. “If it were anyone over 40 or 60, it would probably have a very different result.”
Her mother said she is not sure where her son initially contracted the virus, as she and her husband chose to educate their children at home shortly after the pandemic.
“We minimize audience interaction to [the] maximum degree, “said Sara Parris.” We don’t go out and, in our head, it can’t be COVID because we’re not close to anyone. “
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Colt is now on the road to recovery. He will need rehabilitation to recover his right arm and leg movements and will take anticoagulants or aspirin for the next six months, the media reported.
Sara Parris considered improving her son’s health a blessing during this holiday season.
“We already had our Christmas,” she said. “He’s sitting on the bed over there in the bedroom. I don’t think we could have asked for more than that.”