A mother has shared how her daughter nearly died after they thought she had chickenpox.
6-year-old Millie Denvers from West Sussex started to feel sick after three students in her class had chickenpox. She looked pale, started vomiting, had a high temperature, and developed a few spots.
The next day, her temperature returned to normal but she was still extremely tired and in pain.
Her mother, Elizabeth Denver, became very concerned when the spots did not blister. She immediately called her GP the following morning and Millie was rushed to a hospital.
That evening, the 6-year-old was transferred in an induced coma from Worthing hospital to Southampton hospital, where Elizabeth and her husband Glen Denver were told that their daughter had a condition called PIMS-TS, a reaction to coronavirus which she must’ve carried without any symptoms.
“I was really freaking out. My mum is a nurse, and when I phoned her from the hospital to tell her what was happening she started crying, then I knew things were really serious,” Mrs. Denver expressed.
“Before they put her in the coma Glen asked if she could die, and the nurse said it wasn’t looking good but couldn’t actually say.
“We had no idea she had carried Covid. Until she got sick on Saturday 12 she had been completely normal and she’s a really active little girl.”
Mrs. Denver continued: “All her symptoms were consistent with chicken pox, one of her sisters vomits whenever she has a temperature, but when the spots didn’t start blistering it worried me.
“She was in so much pain in the car you couldn’t touch her. I had to carry her into the hospital and hold her up because she had gone all floppy.”
Blood tests revealed that Millie’s kidneys and livers were struggling.
“The PIMS-TS attacks all the organs and bone marrow, her kidneys were very damaged. Only five per cent of children who carry Covid get PIMS-TS,” she continued.
“Her heart rate was really high and they said South Hampton hospital were coming to collect her, to put her to sleep to give her organs a rest and help her body recover, and transfer her there, that’s when I called Glen to come.
“When they transferred her she was asleep, with tubes everywhere, and strapped to a trolley. My own heart was beating so fast and I felt sick, I couldn’t lose my little baby. I felt like I couldn’t breathe.”
After almost two weeks in the hospital, Millie has recovered fully with the help of physiotherapy.
“It was a heartbreaking relief to hear her laughing with her sisters on Christmas Eve,” Mrs. Denver said.
“We walk past parks full of kids playing together. No one knows Covid can be so bad for them.”
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