Boy with swollen 'Covid eye' spent Christmas in hospital on IV drip

A young boy had to spend Christmas in the hospital after Covid left him with a rare complication.

Nine-year-old Zac Morey was placed in an infusion at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children after his eye became severely swollen from an infection.

His mother Angela Morey would like to draw attention to the unusual effects of the virus and the NHS Staff who looked after him and made him feel special during his three day stay.

she said Bristol Live : “I’ve never seen anything like it.

“She [the doctors] said it was an allergic reaction to the virus that is really rare and mostly occurs in children. It’s a rare complication from Covid. “

All six, the children and Angela, tested positive for lateral flow on December 16, but had only mild cold-like symptoms.

They had been preparing for an uneventful Christmas Day, but the reduced period of self-isolation was announced just in time.

The 37-year-old mother of five said: “Suddenly Christmas was back in the bag and we were allowed out again – then Zac said his eyes were a bit sore.”

That was on December 22nd after two side streams gave negative results and his mild Covid symptoms went away.

After a remote consultation with his family doctor, they were referred to Bristol Eye Hospital, where doctors prescribed antibiotics and told them to return if things didn’t get better.

They went back on Christmas Eve after not getting better and were then referred to the A&E at the Children’s Hospital.

Zac was admitted to the Caterpillar ward and diagnosed with “periorbital cellulitis,” an infection of the eyelid or the skin around the eye.

Angela said she was grateful that Zac was in no pain during his hospital stay and although the coronavirus rules prevented her from staying overnight because she had the virus recently, she was allowed to visit during the day and the nurses pampered him in the meantime .

She got there as soon as possible on Christmas morning, worried that he would wake up with no gifts, but found him on his bed surrounded by gifts from the hospital charity Great appeal.

She added, “They decorated him and gave him pajamas and Lego and he could just relax and watch movies on TV.

“I think he actually found it quite interesting being in the hospital for the first time – he wasn’t scared at all, he was just fascinated by everything.”

Doctors there considered operating on Zac to remove fluid from his eye, but by Boxing Day the antibiotics had started working and the swelling had subsided, meaning he could be discharged that day with more medicine to take home .

Angela, who looks after both her mother and a Bradley Stoke councilor, added, “His eye is almost back to normal now and we finally had our ‘Christmas Day’ all together.”

She said everyone she met in the hospitals was “amazing” and Zac was able to enjoy the Christmas procession in front of the hospital on Christmas Eve, which is a special treat to cheer up the patients who were there over Christmas.

The mother added: “One of the nurses took him to the window in a chair with his IV to look out the window.”

Since his release, she has mostly gone out to buy hand cream and other goodies to return as a thank you to the staff there.

Angela, who was double vaccinated, tested positive the day she was due to get her booster vaccination.

The city council said the whole family had very mild symptoms, adding, “The children didn’t suffer at all – they didn’t have a cough or a fever, it just went through them.

“It really felt like a cold, all symptoms were exactly the same.”

She said if Zac hadn’t tested positive she would never have known he would have linked his swollen eye to Covid.

The effect has not been widely reported, which is why she is interested in raising awareness as it may have evolved into something more serious or may not have been identified as Covid-related without the positive test.

At the beginning of this year a to learn found about eye-related Covid symptoms: “Patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 may have acute conjunctivitis symptoms, including eye redness, eye irritation, eye pain, foreign body sensation, lacrimation, mucus discharge, eyelid swelling, congestion and chemosis. ”

Specsavers also advises on its website, “Coronavirus can cause conjunctivitis, but it’s fairly rare – affects around 1-3 percent of people and is on the World Health Organization’s list of less common symptoms.

“Covid-19-related conjunctivitis tends to occur in the later stages of the disease, along with more common symptoms such as persistent cough and fever.”

In a tweet, she thanked hospital staff after Zac was released, describing them as “absolute heroes” who offered “exemplary care” when they worked over Christmas.

It was the second year of Christmas that she spent in the children’s hospital, a few years after one of her daughters was admitted as a newborn on Boxing Day and stayed there for 10 days.

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