A toddler from Colorado is on the mend after suffering multiple febrile seizures due to coronavirus.
Mum Clara Green says one-year-old Natalie has spent most of her life in and out of hospitals due to asthma and the flu.
Clara’s husband Beau was diagnosed with COVID-19 — but even though the Greens say their daughter had been a “sickly child,” they didn’t think the novel coronavirus would impact her at such a young age.
Originally sharing their story to Facebook, the family went on TV to spread the message that the virus can have serious impacts, even on the very young.
“We just told the doctors, ‘Hey we have a one-year-old who just doesn’t do well with viruses. Is (COVID-19) something we need to worry about?’” Clara said in an interview with TODAY.
“And they reassured us, ‘No, she’ll be fine. Kids aren’t affected that we know of.’”
So when Natalie came down with a fever, the parents assumed she was teething.
Toddler goes into seizures, parents call ambulance
The mum treated Natalie’s fever, but soon the toddler began convulsing and experienced a febrile seizure due to a spike in body temperature.
The Greens called an ambulance.
“She had five or six seizures, which she never had before, and then she was not responsive after,” Clara said.
Paramedics were informed beforehand that Beau tested positive for COVID-19 and were required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the house.
“I felt so bad. My daughter was needing immediate attention and care and they couldn’t even come into our house,” Clara recalled. “They were really concerned and we were scared.”
Once they arrived at Children’s Hospital Colorado, doctors began running tests on Natalie and took the toddler for a chest X-ray.
The hospital didn’t have any COVID-19 tests, but when Natalie’s test results came back negative for other viruses, the family was told by doctors that she was most likely experiencing complications due to the novel coronavirus.
The parents said doctors told her they had yet to see any reports of children experiencing febrile seizures to the virus.
Doctors gave Clara instructions on how to care for Natalie and discharged her, explaining that the toddler “would be safer at home.”
Although the seizures stopped and Natalie never experienced a cough or runny nose, the mum said her daughter experienced terrible body aches that no medication could help ease.
“Miserable isn’t even the word to describe it. It was like absolutely inconsolable miserable crying,” she explained.
“She was just in absolute pain, which was super sad to see. There’s nothing you can do for the body aches and the rundown feeling.”
Natalie bounces back after horror symptoms
Within a few days, Natalie’s fever subsided and there was a noticeable change in her temperament, the relieved mother says her daughter is finally “happy” again.
While she’s thankful that her daughter is showing signs of improvement, she has become increasingly worried for her husband Beau who, “hasn’t shown that he’s getting better.”
The stress on the mum of two has taken its toll.
While her five-year-old seems “completely unaffected” and hasn’t shown any symptoms, doctors believe Clara may actually have the virus herself.
The mother said she “hasn’t slept in 10 days” but wanted to share her story so that people understand the importance of social distancing.
“We were taking precautions but we were not those people that locked ourselves in the house immediately,” Green said.
“How quickly and how fast it hit my family and affected my child was basically my reason for posting that. If I had a message it is that it can happen to you, too. Let’s just be smart.”
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