Dad of girl, 5, left fighting for life from Kawasaki disease says hospital agony ‘worst situation of our lives’ – The Sun

THE dad of a five-year-old girl left fighting for life in hospital after developing Kawasaki disease has described the agony of his daughter's intensive care battle.

Scarlett Roberts, from Wakefield, West Yorks, fell ill with the bug just weeks after beating coronavirus and was pictured by dad Piers hooked up to life-saving equipment at Leeds General Infirmary.

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She was initially given just a 20 per cent chance of survival, but speaking on Good Morning Britain today Piers said Scarlett has made 'vast improvements' over the last 24 hours.

He said: "Since yesterday afternoon she's made vast improvements, in an illness which we still don't fully understand and I can only hope is rare.

"We understand that it's linked to coronavirus, we hope with all our hearts it is a rare condition.

"It's been the worst situation I've been put in and my pain pales in comparison to her mother's pain who's been at her bedside all day long."

Kawasaki disease inflames blood vessels and is believed to be an adverse reaction to coronavirus.

There have currently been around 100 cases of the disease in the UK and one child is believed to have died.

Piers, a teacher and former nurse, said he believes parents need to be given more information on the disease before making a decision on whether to return their children to school next month.

He said: "As a parent and as a teacher I understand it's essential kids get back to school as soon as is safely possible.

"Schools up and down the country are doing everything they can to make it possible.

"Teachers want to teach, parents want kids to be in school. The social and emotional benefits let alone the health benefits are absolutely essential.

"But trust must be restored to parents and teachers. Risk cannot be eliminated entirely but if these are complications which are potentially there and the science is emerging we must understand that."

What is Kawasaki disease and what are the signs?

The disease is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

According to the NHS, the disease primarily affects children under five years of age.

The blood vessels become swollen which can lead to complications in the coronary arteries (the blood vessels which supply blood to the heart).

Kawasaki disease can cause aneurysms which can lead to a heart attack and heart disease.

These the signs to look out for are:

  • swollen glands in the neck
  • rashes
  • lips which appear to be dry and cracked
  • red eyes
  • red fingers and toes
  • a high temperature that lasts for over 5 days

He said Scarlett contracted Covid-19 in school before the lockdown, and described his daughter as "fit and well" six weeks before she suddenly suffered multi-organ failure.

His aunt, June, also shared the heartbreaking picture of the five-year-old hooked up to a ventilator.

She wrote on Twitter: "This is my five-year-old great niece. She was fit and healthy until a mild bout of Covid-19 five weeks ago from which she appeared to recover.

"She is now in ICU with a Kawasaki inflammatory response.

"She is off the ventilator but has developed heart problems."

It was revealed yesterday that an eight-month-old baby died from the coronavirus-linked Kawasaki disease, becoming the UK’s youngest known victim.

Little Alexander Parsons died on April 25 from the rare childhood illness which inflames blood vessels.

Medics have renamed the deadly condition as PIMS-TS, in the battle against Covid-19.

England's health service had alerted at the end of April that cases of children in intensive care with "a multi-system inflammatory state" were rising.

Children were displaying overlapping symptoms of severe COVID-19, toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease.


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