A Michigan mother is warning different dad and mom to concentrate to their youngsters and take motion if they appear unwell after her son developed strep A and influenza A infections in late December and needed to get a double amputation earlier this month.
Michele Stevenson of Grand Blanc, Michigan, informed “Good Morning America” her son Kaden, 7, began to get sick proper earlier than Christmas however she did not assume it was something severe. She mentioned he informed her he felt drained and she or he thought he probably had a abdomen bug or a chilly and let him relaxation. However after about 4 days, Kaden did not appear to be getting any higher — as an alternative, he gave the impression to be getting progressively worse.
“I am considering possibly he might need the flu simply due to the ache he saved speaking about. So I am considering it is perhaps simply physique aches or one thing like that. However by the point I acquired to him, I could not put his sneakers on, I could not put his coat on, he was in that a lot ache,” Stevenson recalled.
“One thing simply felt off,” the mother of 1 mentioned. “So I regarded him over. His proper leg was swollen. He had a rash throughout his physique. His eyes look puffy to me and it appeared like that each one occurred inside a brief time period.”
Stevenson mentioned she took Kaden to Hurley Kids’s Hospital in Flint, however shortly thereafter, medical doctors informed her they wanted to switch Kaden for higher-level care.
“The ER physician sat down in entrance of me and gave me probably the most severe look I’ve ever seen a physician give me and mentioned, ‘Your son is actually sick,'” Stevenson recounted. “By the subsequent day, they had been telling us that they had been about to switch us to a different hospital that Kaden wanted a pediatric orthopedic surgeon … however I knew it was actually severe the second they mentioned, ‘It will be in a matter of minutes.’ They had been simply ready on the helicopter to reach.”
Officers with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention renewed their December warning about invasive strep A Wednesday, noting that at the least 5 youngsters in Illinois have reportedly died following infections this 12 months. The season for invasive strep A tends to run between December by April and any such bacterial an infection might be extra harmful as a result of it may influence a number of elements of the physique, similar to an individual’s blood, bones or lungs.
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As well as, though the variety of influenza instances have been comparatively low throughout the U.S., a number of strains of the influenza A virus have been in circulation, based on information from the CDC.
Together with her son’s flu and strep infections, Stevenson mentioned she did not initially notice how dangerous it may’ve been.
“I did not hear about [strep] actually till we acquired within the hospital and I heard about different youngsters on the similar time had the identical factor my son had,” Stevenson mentioned. “One little boy did not make it. I am listening to this household unhappy and crying and saying goodbye to their son, and my son’s right here nonetheless preventing for his life. My coronary heart goes out to that household.”
Though Stevenson mentioned it has been an “extraordinarily scary’ three months for her and her son, she mentioned she feels grateful for the medical doctors, nurses and medical professionals who “saved his life” and cared for the younger boy.
“[Kaden] mentioned the opposite little boy that died, he was unhappy that he died, however he was going to dwell for him. He was going to be sturdy for the little boy,” Stevenson mentioned.
“As a mom, as a dad or mum, as an individual on the whole, I do not need anyone else to must undergo this. This has been horrifying,” she added.
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Based on Stevenson, Kaden underwent amputations for each of his legs on March 3 and is now wanting ahead to receiving what he calls his “robotic legs” or prosthetic legs.
“He at all times talks about [how] he misses the previous occasions and he misses when he may stroll and the way issues was however he mentioned he is sort of completely satisfied. He likes his new legs,” Stevenson mentioned.
As Kaden begins a brand new chapter on the street to restoration, Stevenson mentioned she hopes to boost consciousness for different dad and mom.
“In case your child has any of these indicators of fever, they complain of ache, you see any rashes, simply take them to the emergency.” Stevenson mentioned. “Catch it early. That is the most important factor. And take heed to your youngsters. They let you know they do not really feel good? Do not simply sweep it below the rug, assuming that it is a bit chilly. Get it checked out.”