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Teen fighting for her life after developing MIS-C

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:38 PM EST
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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A perfectly healthy 17-year-old girl is now fighting for her life in the ICU after coming down with what is believed to be a rare illness related to COVID-19.

Kaylee Litteral, from Boyd County, is being treated for MIS-C. According to the CDC, it is a “multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.”

Symptoms include a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired.

The CDC say the cause of the illness is not known, but say many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.

Kaylee’s mom says her daughter recently tested positive for the COVID-19 antibodies. It was a surprise because she had never tested positive for the virus. They believe she had it, but was asymptomatic.

“I sit here and stare at her and think this is unreal,” said Kaylee’s mom, April. “From a pandemic, my baby is sitting here fighting for her life.”

MIS-C is mostly found in children between the ages of 1 and 14 years old, however there have been patients as old as 20 years old.

“If I could get this out there to any of the parents or anybody...don’t just think ‘Oh it’s just COVID,’ or ‘They didn’t have bad symptoms.’ The after effects are just as bad.”

April says her daughter has shown some improvements and has been taken off some medications, but is still considered critical.

“I just have to sit here and watch this horrid disease just effect my child and it is completely out of my hands. It’s in the Lord’s hands.”

April tells WSAZ she and her family have been overwhelmed with messages and prayers as they wait for a miracle.

“My family, we are believing in a miracle. Kaylee is a fighter. She always has been a fighter. She’s strong.”

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