BALTIMORE (WJZ) -Morgan Deitz is known for his courageous and social personality, but in September the eight-year-old was not feeling herself.
“I just felt awful and I just felt blah,” she recalls.
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She contracted COVID-19 over the summer.
She recovered and thought she was safe, until she started to feel sick again.
She learned that she suffered from MIS-C, or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.
“It was affecting her stomach,” Morgan’s mother Lauren Deitz said. “She had pain all over her body. His eyes were bloodshot. Even as we sat in the ER with her, the rash spread to her stomach, to her feet.
It is a serious disease that can cause inflammation in major organs such as the lungs, kidneys and brain.
In some cases, MIS-C can shut off organs and lead to death.
Morgan received treatment at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
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Her mom said it was sometimes a touch-and-go.
“They hit the code button and tons of people rush into the room trying to work on it. It was incredibly scary and it happened twice, ”said Lauren Deitz.
MIS-C is a new disease that began to affect children during the pandemic.
According to the CDC, there have been 5,000 cases and about 40 deaths since May of last year.
“We are not used to children getting sick from a new phenomenon for which we do not have the level of expertise and knowledge to necessarily know what are the best or the right treatments at this stage. , and so it’s difficult, ”said Julia Shalen, a pediatric rheumatologist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Morgan’s doctor says the only way to prevent MIS-C right now is for anyone who can get a shot to get one, because kids like Morgan can’t be vaccinated yet.
“Everyone wants to get back to normal life,” said Lauren Deitz. “We want as much as the next family, and the only way to do that is to protect each other by getting the vaccine.”
Morgan will continue to be watched to ensure the MIS-C does not return.
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She will be vaccinated as soon as she is eligible.