Covid turned seriously-ill boy's eyes and hands red – but made his feet go blue
An 11 year-old boy’s eyes and hands turned red while his feet went blue after he suffered a debilitating Covid-linked illness. Oliver Schultz suffered broken blood vessels in his eyes after developing Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), which appears to only affect younger coronavirus sufferers.
Oliver, from Latrobte in Pennsylvania, fell ill with a sore back and fever around new year, and tested positive for Covid shortly after. His mother Aimee rushed the youngster to hospital in Pittsburgh the following week when his body began to change color, with doctors warning the youngster was at death’s door.
Aimee said: ‘The doctors said within an hour Ollie might not have been with us. Oliver looked at me in the emergency room and said “Mama, I think I’m going to die.” It’s the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life.’
Doctors admitted Oliver to intensive care, and diagnosed him with MIS-C, which causes inflammation of the blood vessels, and can leave children with serious heart conditions.
Oliver ended up suffering three different heart conditions as a result of inflammation to the blood pumping organ, and now faces a lengthy six month recovery. He has returned home and is recovering, but must be kept in as sterile and environment as possible while he recovers.
Oliver – a budding young cowboy – now looks forward to his daily trips outside for fresh air, and says he can’t wait to get back on horseback.
He told ActionNews4: ‘I’m hopeful I can get back to riding very soon. It’s what I love to do and I don’t feel the same without riding my horse every day.’
Aimee shared her son’s story on Facebook and a GoFundMe page to urge others to take the virus seriously – and refute claims that it poses no danger to younger sufferers.
Coronavirus has now infected close to 23.1million Americans, and killed almost 385,000 people.
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