Boy, 5, fights for life with Covid after mum told he’s ‘unlikely to make it’

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Rupert Moore tested postive for Covid last week and was rushed to hospital, but despite his mum being told he was unlikely to make it through, he is fighting for his life in intensive care

Rupert Moore is fighting for his life after catching Covid
Rupert Moore is fighting for his life after catching Covid

A five-year-old is fighting for his life after contracting Covid-19, with doctors telling his mum last week that he was unikely to pull through.

Little Rupert Moore tested positive for Covid after he initially began experiencing symptoms on November 21.

Rupert, from Herne Bay, Kent – who also has a rare condition known as Vici syndrome – initially began displaying symptoms of fatigue before eventually deteriorating.

He was taken straight to Margate’s QEQM Hospital so they could monitor his symptoms before being rushed to intensive care on Wednesday 24.

Mum Camilla Crick, 28, was told the youngster was unlikely to make it over the next 48 hours last week but insists Rupert is fighting through the illness.

Little Rupert Moore tested positive for Covid after he initially began experiencing symptoms on November 21
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Camilla, a stay at home mum, explained: “On the Sunday, my partner got a message from work saying four people had tested positive for Covid and that same day, I had an email from my daughter’s nursery saying someone in the class had also tested positive so we all took tests.

“We all tested positive apart from my eldest, so I called up our local hospital who already knew of Rupert as he’s on an intensive care plan and they told his dad to take him in.

“On Monday, I found out he had deteriorated overnight and he began struggling to breathe.

Mum Camilla Crick, 28, was told the youngster was unlikely to make it over the next 48 hours last week but insists Rupert is fighting through the illness
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“On Wednesday, the doctors told me he’s in a really bad way and wasn’t responding to antibiotics and there wasn’t much more they could do.

“We have a care plan in place for Rupert so I could have chosen to not put him in intensive care or try to save his life but I knew he wasn’t ready to go so they rushed him to Evelina London Children’s Hospital for intensive care.

“He’s fighting so far and he’s making small improvements; he can open his eyes now and the infection is slowly clearing but it’s going to be a long process.”

Rupert picture with his brother Levi
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Mum Camilla pictured with her little boy Rupert
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Rupert was diagnosed with Vici syndrome in 2017 and his parents were told by experts that he wouldn’t make it to see his fourth birthday.

Rupert’s condition means he is unable to talk, is registered blind, is unable to eat, suffers from epilepsy, and has to have round the clock care.

But as he’s continuing to defy the odds, mum Camilla is hoping he will be able to fight through this most recent hurdle.

She added: “I have two other children – Levi, nine, and Myla, three – and they both miss him so much.

Rupert with sister Maya
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“Despite his condition, he does everything with us and is more than capable of coming on days out and holidays with the family.

“I wanted him to be treated like any other normal child which is why I decided to put him in intensive care because I knew he wasn’t ready to go.

“He’s happy all the time; everyone who meets him loves him because he has such a big personality.

“I call him my little superhero because he’s continuing to amaze me and prove doctors wrong.”

The family are fundraising for accommodation in London whilst Rupert is in hospital.

If you want to help with the family’s costs, click here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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