10-year-old B.C. girl finally home after fighting rare syndrome linked to COVID-19

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In Health Matters, doctors says parents should not be alarmed at the province's first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, in a child under age five. Aaron McArthur has more on what you need to know about the extremely rare condition – Oct 16, 2020

A little girl in North Vancouver is finally home after fighting a rare syndrome linked to COVID-19.

Ten-year-old Jillian Rondeau and the rest of her family contracted the virus back in November.

Weeks passed and Jillian’s condition got worse.

Doctors eventually diagnosed her with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome, known as MIS-C, which is a rare condition linked to COVID-19 in kids.

“You don’t ever expect your kids to get sick and to this extent,” Jillian’s dad, Jean-Marc, told Global News. “It happened so quickly to us in such a short period of time that we don’t want any other parents to have to go through the same thing.”

Click to play video: 'What is multisystem inflammatory syndrome?' What is multisystem inflammatory syndrome?
What is multisystem inflammatory syndrome? – May 19, 2020

MIS-C can be very serious, even deadly, but most children who contract it have recovered fully with medical care.

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The syndrome can lead to damaged blood vessels as well as inflammation around the heart or blood vessels.

Read more: Dozens of Canadian children treated for inflammatory condition possibly linked to COVID-19

Patients are usually under 19 years old and in the hospital, having tested positive for COVID-19 or having antibodies from the virus and a fever for three or more days.

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They also show at least two other related symptoms, including gastrointestinal issues, a rash, red or inflamed eyes, or inflammation and swelling around the mouth, hands or feet.

B.C. confirmed its first case of MIS-C in mid-October.

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