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New Hampshire boy in Boston hospital battling rare syndrome linked to COVID-19

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A New Hampshire boy is in a Boston hospital fighting a rare condition linked to COVID-19.

Christine Raymond said her 8-year-old son, Luke, had COVID-19 last month. He experienced mild symptoms and recovered, and she thought he was in the clear.

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But a couple weeks later, Luke started complaining of abdominal pain. His symptoms got much worse, including fever, vomiting, diarrhea and a full body rash. At one point, he passed out and had to be rushed to a hospital.

His mother said she talked to multiple doctors, but none could figure out what was wrong, and his labs came back normal. She kept pushing for answers, and he was eventually taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors determined Luke has multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.

It's a rare but serious condition that has been linked to COVID-19 in which parts of the body become inflamed.

"He's still in a lot of pain. He's very puffy. He just started eating yesterday for the first time in a week," Raymond said. "He still does not look like himself. He's not acting like himself. He's sleeping a lot, and the times that he's awake, he's very irritable and scared and sad."

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Luke's mother said the inflammation has decreased, but it doesn't look like he'll be discharged anytime soon.

Her advice for other parents is to advocate for their children and be aware of the symptoms of MIS-C.


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