Healthy boy nearly died weeks after positive Covid test due to immune reaction


Four weeks after the positive test Cai Price, nine, became increasingly unwell with a high fever, severe fatigue, bad stomach, swollen neck glands, cracked lips and cold hands and feet

Cai Price, nine, bottom left, from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Cai Price, nine, bottom left, from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

A boy, nine, who tested positive for Covid in November and initially seemed to be coping well, with just a “slightly runny nose” was hospitalised weeks later, with his family saying they are “very lucky he’s still with us.”

Four weeks after the positive test Cai Price, became increasingly unwell with a high fever, severe fatigue, bad stomach, swollen neck glands, cracked lips and cold hands and feet.

Despite Cai being a generally fit and healthy young boy, the severity of his condition led to him being hospitalised, Wales Online reports.

The medical professionals dealing with Cai’s case found the lad had developed a complication from Covid-19. His immune system into overdrive to attack infection.

Despite Cai being a generally fit and healthy young boy, the severity of his condition led to him being hospitalised
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Sally Price)

His mum, Sally Price from Pembrokeshire, said her older son Dylan had also been affected by the virus. He displayed many of the classic symptoms of Covid-19 including loss of taste and smell and a bad cough, but Cai was almost completely asymptomatic.

She said: “Cai plays football six days a week so he was an extremely healthy, fit young boy with no underlying health conditions,” Sally added.

He tested positive for coronavirus on November 1, started to become unwell in school on November 30 with neck pain which his family initially thought was a football injury.

“But on December 1 he started to present with a fever, and as time went on it began to look like symptoms of meningitis. So I contacted our GP who was fantastic. She said our best bet was to go to A&E.”

Clinicians initially thought Cai had torticollis, also known as wry neck, a condition where the head becomes twisted to one side and it is very painful to move. They also thought he had a viral infection.

But just 24 hours after being discharged from hospital, Sally noticed Cai’s neck had turned bright red and swollen – and the right side of his face had dropped.

Cai was diagnosed with paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, known as PIMS for short
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Sally Price)

As Cai was admitted to a second hospital he needed to take a PCR test which came back as positive the following day.

“By chance I informed the doctors that he’d had a positive test four weeks prior – that set alarm bells ringing for them,” Sally recalled.

Cai was diagnosed with paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, known as PIMS for short, which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks an infection.

Official NHS guidance says that PIMS can develop between four and six weeks after having Covid. Symptoms can include a prolonged fever, tummy ache, diarrhoea, vomiting, widespread red rash, red bloodshot eyes, strawberry red tongue, and red cracked lips.

After a week in hospital, Cai was discharged but is still being closely watched by the NHS
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Sally Price)

In some children with PIMS the inflammation can affect the blood vessels, particularly those around the heart. If untreated it can cause tissue damage, poor function of vital organs, and even death.

Cai was given a course of steroids and monitored frequently.

It was discovered that PIMS had affected Cai’s heart and given him “a leaky valve”.

After a week in hospital, Cai was discharged but is still being closely watched by the NHS.

“He’s on the mend. It’s going to be a long road ahead but he’s been a very brave boy and not complained or moaned. We’re very lucky he’s still with us,” his mum said.

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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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