Covenant: South Plains region child has passed away from rare coronavirus-related illness

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LUBBOCK, Texas — One child from the South Plains region has died from a rare inflammatory syndrome connected to COVID-19, according to an official with Covenant Health on Wednesday.

CEO of Covenant Children’s, Dr. Amy Thompson, announced the death at a press conference called to discuss the recent rise in local cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

Within the last week, Covenant said, two children needed to be admitted for hospitalization due to MIS-C. Others had come to the hospital with signs and symptoms previously. But this was, Thompson said, the first time children needed to be admitted and put into the pediatric intensive care unit.

“The milestone that I did not want to reach is we have had one of those patients pass away from complications of MIS-C with COVID,” Dr. Thompson said in the conference.

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Thompson said two patients overall had contracted MIS-C, one under the age of 10 and another under the age of 15. Dr. Thompson said parents shouldn’t worry about the condition, but should know the symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control website, “MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.”

The CDC also said many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been exposed to the virus in some way. The CDC reports patients will usually contract MIS-C two to four weeks after a coronavirus infection.

Dr. Thompson said the mortality rate for MIS-C is low as well. According to the CDC, 20 patients have died of MIS-C thus far across the country.

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