A mum has shared her heartbreak as her 10-year-old boy had his hands and legs amputated after rare complications set in when he caught coronavirus.
Dae’Shun Jamison has been in hospital since December after he caught the virus and went on to develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
The serious coronavirus-related inflammatory condition affects the brain, heart and lungs and can causes symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, neck pain and fatigue.
Due to the seriousness of Dae’Shun’s condition medics in Michigan, US, placed him on an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine to pump oxygen throughout his body and support his failing heart and lungs.
But MIS-C affected Dae’Shun’s body’s blood clotting ability so doctors were forced to amputate his right left first before carrying out the procedure on both his hands and his left leg.
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Brittney Autman, the Dae’Shun’s mother, highlighted his plight on a GoFundMe page she set up to support the family saying her ‘heart was broken’.
She said the amputation was essential as a lack of blood flow had damaged the tissues in her son’s limbs.
She added: “Dae’Shun is very emotional about his amputations and it breaks my heart. Please keep the prayers coming.
“My heart is broken to see my son in this situation and I just want/need him to get through this so I can bring him home.
“So if you have it in your hearts to bless my family in this time of need, words can’t express my gratitude.”
Dr Rosemary Olivero is head of paediatric infectious disease at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital where Dae’Shun is being treated.
She said some MIS-C patients undergo severe heart dysfunction which affect is how the body pumps out blood to the rest of the body.
The cardiac dysfunction, coupled with blood clotting or bleeding issues, can compound to obstruct blood flow throughout the body, she added.
Brittney told WGN9 that she was optimistic her son will be able to use prosthetics when he’s ready.
“I’m trying to find ways to get him back to the way he was as much as possible,” she said.
That’s my goal for him. That’s what I want for him.”