Shomporko Online News Desk: Desiree McClure initially mistook unusual marks on her teenage daughter for a rash when she first discovered them in March.
“She was vomiting and having headaches, so we went to her doctor,” said the Scarborough, Ont., mother.
“He said that it wasn’t rashing, it was bruising showing up all over her chest, her neck, her shoulders, her face.”
The bruising is just one of several strange symptoms with which 15-year-old Kayleigh McCue has been struggling for months — suspected symptoms of long COVID following an infection of the virus last fall.
“I was really active before this, but now I don’t feel like doing anything. I just want to sleep,” Kayleigh McCue said.
Illnesses related to COVID-19 have typically been less severe for children over the last year and a half, but while the serious disease is rare, some children have become very sick.
“We do still see some children, uncommonly, who do become severely unwell, sometimes during the acute illness but sometimes almost more commonly afterward when they develop this inflammatory syndrome called multi-system inflammatory of children (MIS-C) which can result in critical illness,” said Dr. Stephen Freedman, a COVID-19 researcher and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
According to Freedman, at least 40 instances of MIS-C have been reported in Alberta. As of June 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States had recorded over 4000 cases.
Source_ The Canadian Press