Mom pleads for others to get vaccinated after younger son is hospitalized with COVID-19

Mother pleads for others to get vaccinated after young son is hospitalized with COVID-19

2021-08-02 20:22:51

ST. LOUIS ( — With rising COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations, each well being consultants and knowledge shine a highlight on one other key distinction with the Delta variant — on the way it impacts youngsters.

It was her worst concern coming to fruition, when Ashley Henderson’s 7-year-old son was hospitalized with COVID-19 final weekend.

“Saturday night, he wasn’t feeling nicely, and he truly awoke about 2 a.m. with a fairly important fever, simply not feeling nicely, was actual flushed, actual fatigued [and] simply actual listless,” she stated.

The mom of two from outdoors Carbondale, Illinois, says he spent three days on the SSM Well being Cardinal Glennon Kids’s Hospital in St. Louis. 

“He simply just about slept for 3 days. He was simply not himself in any respect,” she stated.

Her son has frequent variable immune deficiency, a situation that makes him extra vulnerable to getting sick. It’s why her household did every thing they may to guard him by ensuring realized from dwelling through the top of the pandemic. Everybody within the household that might additionally received the vaccine, together with her husband.

Each Henderson’s husband and son examined optimistic for COVID-19 after final weekend. 

“We do not actually know the place he would’ve received that from,” she stated. “We are saying just about [keep him] in a bubble as a result of we do not understand how issues have an effect on them when he does get sick.”

“We’re seeing extra sufferers, extra youngsters with COVID-19, not simply that, we’re seeing extra extreme illness and a few sufferers are being admitted to the intensive care unit,” stated Dr. Wail Hayajneh, professor of pediatric infectious ailments at SSM Well being Cardinal Glennon Kids’s Hospital.

This week, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Job Pressure stated there have been 13 pediatric COVID hospitalizations throughout the area’s hospitals. That is amongst kids below 18.  

Hayajneh expects that quantity to continue to grow, particularly as kids return to the classroom this fall.

“If we have now no larger price of immunizations, we will have extra instances,” he stated.

Lincoln County officers say 17 p.c of reported COVID-19 instances in July had been amongst kids. In accordance with St. Charles County knowledge, 24 p.c of COVID-19 instances for the month had been amongst kids. In Franklin County, that quantity is 13 p.c. Roughly 20 p.c of Jefferson County’s reported COVID-19 instances final week had been folks 19 and below.

COVID-19 knowledge from St. Louis Metropolis exhibits kids accounted for over 19 p.c of the overall instances reported the final two weeks. In St. Louis County, the common price of recent COVID-19 instances elevated by 105 p.c amongst kids ages 10-14.

Jefferson County additionally studies solely 13.96 p.c of eligible kids below 19 have been absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19. Throughout the state, that quantity is 21 p.c.

Henderson hopes her son’s story can forestall different households from having their kids wrestle with COVID-19, however she says it is going to take others doing their half to get vaccinated and put on a masks.

“If persons are not going to guard themselves, do it for different folks. Folks like my son that does not have an immune system to struggle these items off,” she stated.

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