Girl, 11, fighting for her life with Covid-related illness months after virus

Madison Carey, 11, tested positive for Covid-19 in June but did not fully recover, and while on holiday in London last month she collapsed and was diagnosed with a rare Covid-related condition

Madison Carey was left fighting for her life with PIMS-TS after getting Covid-19

A young girl who never fully recovered from Covid is fighting for her life after she collapsed while sightseeing in London.

Madison Carey, 11, was “touch and go” at one point after contracting a rare Covid-related condition.

The girl, from Tamworth, tested positive for Covid-19 in June but did not fully recover, and while on holiday in London last month she collapsed, reports Birmingham Live.

Madison complained of being tired and had a temperature after contracting Covid, and her health gradually deteriorated as the weeks went by.

Mum Elizabeth said: “We went to London on Wednesday. She was feeling a bit iffy but she said she still wanted to go. We stayed in the hotel that night because she was tired. She woke up fine.

“We went to Madame Tussauds on Friday and she was walking around like she was drunk, she had gone like yellow colour and was very lethargic.

Madison collapsed while on holiday in London with her family



“There was no first aider, so obviously we tried to get through as quickly as we could. We got her out to where the Star Wars bit was and she sort of collapsed down the stairs. We picked her up and sat her down outside thinking she was hungry or thirsty but she couldn’t eat or drink.

“We got to Hammersmith Tube station and she collapsed there. The workers were brilliant and got her a chair and glass of water.

“My partner phoned 999, explained the situation but they said it wasn’t an emergency. We had to walk about 15 minutes to get to the hospital.”

Doctors told Madison’s worried family they believed it was either sepsis of PIMS-TS, and she was transferred to The Royal Brompton.

“When they did the swap she went into something called peri-arrest so her blood pressure dropped completely, she had got no pulse and a little heart rate. She was seconds from going into cardiac arrest,” Elizabeth said.

“They managed to pump some adrenaline and some sort of drug into her. That is when they decided they were going to put her to sleep, put a tube down her throat and she was on that machine for 55 hours. I was told on my birthday that they were taking the machine out on the 2nd.

“It was hard and we were so far away from home.”

The young girl was said to be ‘touch and go’ at one point



Madison is now back at home recovering



Madison, who used to attend Moorgate School and will soon go to Landau Forte Academy QEMS, would have died if the doctors hadn’t made the decision to transfer her to the specialist team at The Royal Brompton, Elizabeth said.

“She is back home and is a lot better now,” Madison’s mum said.

“We went to the hospital on Tuesday and she is better than what they thought she would be. She will have to stay with the hospital for the next five years at least just to keep an eye on her heart and her valves and things. They are using Madison as a case study.

“We have been very transparent with her and she knows what she has been through. People have been amazing. Tamworth FC Women all signed a shirt for her. Her family and friends have been golden.”

Madison’s dad, Simon, added: “Because this is so rare and Covid is still rife in the Tamworth area we want to raise the understanding and awareness.

“If you see any of these signs in your children please get them to the hospital as soon as possible. There are that many people who don’t take Covid seriously and it could be another child’s life on the line. Even if this saves one child’s life it has worked.”

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome is very rare and occurs in less than 0.5 per cent of children who have or have had Covid-19.

Most will not be seriously affected but, in a very small number of cases, it can be serious. Children and young people who are seriously affected will have symptoms that are very similar to other life-threatening conditions such as sepsis or meningitis.

It added: “Researchers are working to find out more about PIMS and which treatments are the most suitable treatments for each patient.”

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