A BOY was left with a swollen “Covid eye” he developed as a rare coronavirus complication – and spent Christmas Day in the hospital.
Zac Morey, 9, and five other family members tested positive for the virus a few days before Christmas, but had only mild symptoms.
Although the whole family is doomed to spend a quiet Christmas in isolation following their diagnoses, quarantine rules have changed suddenly, which means they’ll be out in time for Christmas – but something’s wrong with Zac.
The nine-year-old boy complained to his mother, Angela, that he didn’t have a cough or temperature, but instead he had sore eyes, and the family wasn’t even sure it was Covid related.
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After a teleconference with his doctor, they were referred to Bristol Eye Hospital, where the doctors prescribed antibiotics and told them to come back if the condition did not improve.
The mother of five said: “Doctors say it’s an allergic reaction to the virus, and it’s really rare and mostly happens in children. This is a rare complication of Covid. .”
On Christmas Eve after her condition didn’t improve, she had to take Zac back to the hospital, where his now bulging eye meant he had to spend the Christmas holidays under the attention of doctors.
Zac was diagnosed with periocular cellulitis, an infection of the eyelids or the skin around the eyes.
Angela added that Zac was not in pain and that although she was unable to stay overnight due to coronavirus rules, having only recently contracted the virus, she was allowed daytime visits while the nurses took care of her. him in the meantime.
On Christmas morning, worried that he would wake up without a present, Angela rushed to the hospital to pack the presents.
But she finds him in his bed surrounded by gifts given to him by the hospital’s charity Big call.
She said: “They decorated him and gave him pajamas and Lego and he could relax watching movies on his phone.
“I think he actually found it quite amusing, the first time in the hospital – he wasn’t scared at all, he was just intrigued by it all.”
Medics considered surgery on Zac to drain the fluid in his eye, but by Gift Day, the antibiotics had started to work and the swelling had subsided and he was discharged. hospital that day with more medication to take at home.
At the beginning of this year research about Covid symptoms related to eyes detected: “Patients with Covid-19 infection may present with symptoms of acute conjunctivitis, including eye redness, eye irritation, eye pain, foreign body sensation, lacrimation, mucus secretion, eyelid swelling, congestion, and chemicals.”
Specsavers also advises on its website: “Coronavirus can cause conjunctivitis, however it is quite rare – occurs in about 1-3% of those affected and is on the list of less common symptoms. more frequently than that of the World Health Organization.
“Covid-19-associated conjunctivitis tends to occur in the later stages of the disease, along with more common symptoms such as persistent cough and fever.”
https://www.the-sun.com/health/4373434/boy-suffers-huge-swollen-covid-eye/ My son spent Christmas in the hospital after a rare coronavirus reaction