BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A perfectly healthy 17-year-old girl is fighting for her life in the ICU after coming down with what is believed to be a rare illness related to COVID-19, WSAZ reported.
Kaylee Litteral is being treated for MIS-C. According to the CDC, it is a “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.”
Symptoms include a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling extra tired.
The CDC said the cause of the illness is not known, but said many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19.
Kaylee’s mom said her daughter recently tested positive for the COVID-19 antibodies. It was a surprise because she had never tested positive for the virus. They believe she had it but was asymptomatic.
“I sit here and stare at her and think this is unreal,” said Kaylee’s mom, April. “From a pandemic, my baby is sitting here fighting for her life.”
MIS-C is mostly found in children between the ages of 1 and 14 years old; however there have been patients as old as 20 years old.
“If I could get this out there to any of the parents or anybody ... don’t just think ‘Oh it’s just COVID,’ or ‘They didn’t have bad symptoms.’ The aftereffects are just as bad,” Kaylee’s mom said.
April said her daughter has shown some improvements and has been taken off some medications but is still considered critical: “I just have to sit here and watch this horrid disease just affect my child, and it is completely out of my hands. It’s in the Lord’s hands.”
April tells WSAZ she and her family have been overwhelmed with messages and prayers as they wait for a miracle.
“My family, we are believing in a miracle. Kaylee is a fighter. She always has been a fighter. She’s strong.”