4-year-old boy fights COVID-19 related inflammatory condition

Poseyville child faces Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

4-year-old boy fights COVID-19 related inflammatory condition
Ben Harter had to spend several days in the ICU. (Source: Erika Harter)

POSEYVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, was first noted in COVID patients in late April.

The condition occurs when a stimulus (in most cases, COVID-19) causes a child’s immune system to overreact, which can lead to inflammation and swelling in major organs.

4-year-old Ben Harter of Poseyville is one child who’s been affected by it.

His parents, Matt and Erika, say they had coronavirus around Thanksgiving. Although they thought their children were safe, when they picked Ben up on December 14, he was extremely fatigued.

As his condition worsened, they took him to several doctors before Ascension St. Vincent’s diagnosed Ben with MIS-C.

Antibody tests confirmed he had COVID-19 at some point, and they believe this is what led to the condition.

Ben is currently at home, but his parents say it’s a slow road they are on to help him recover.

They still have more tests scheduled to determine whether or not their son will have any lasting ailments due to MIS-C.

Matt said he initially thought children could handle COVID-19 well, but he now urges people to take every precaution.

“If you’re not going to take it seriously for yourself, at least take it seriously for your kids,” he said. “Because when he was in there, all the thoughts run through your mind: ‘Oh God, how long are we going to be in here? Is he going to be the same?’ and it even pops up into your head, ‘Is he going to survive this?’”

Harter said their pediatrician told them this is the second case of MIS-C they have seen in the area.

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