Life support

6-year-old child put on life support diagnosed with rare disease associated with COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KVVU/Gray News) — A 6-year-old boy has been put on life support after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to KVVU, Sharella Ruffin said her son, Zyaire Bell, tested positive for the disease in September. She held him back from school and took him to the hospital when his condition deteriorated.

Ruffin recalled a scary moment when doctors feared he might not survive and explained that his heart had deteriorated.

“It’s like a nightmare,” Ruffin said. “My prayer is that he is healthy, that he grows up healthy. And I know his heart will never be the same.

Zyaire was diagnosed with MIS-C, or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome – a rare but serious disease associated with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more than 6,400 children have been diagnosed with the disease and 55 have died.

Ruffin said Zyaire was airlifted with an ECMO machine to a children’s hospital in Salt Lake City.

She said doctors traveled from all over the country to visit her son because he was one of the few children in the United States who needed life support.

Zyaire was on the ECMO machine for two weeks.

The family are finally home, but Ruffin said she now cares for her son 24 hours a day and hasn’t been able to go to work.

They are trying to return to Salt Lake City for medical visits and have created a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.

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