THESE are the shocking pictures of an 11-year-old boy whose eyes and hands turned red and his feet blue due to an illness linked to Covid-19.
Oliver Schultz, from Latrobte in Pennsylvania, suffered from broken blood vessels in his eyes after he developed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), which seems to only affect younger coronavirus sufferers.
Oliver fell ill around new year with a sore back and fever and tested positive for coronavirus shortly after.
Mom Aimee rushed him to the children’s hospital in Pittsburgh the following week after his body began to change color.
Doctors warned the youngster he was at death’s door.
Aimee said: “The doctors said within an hour Ollie might not have been with us.
“Oliver looked at me in the emergency room and said ‘Mama, I think I’m going to die.’ “It’s the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
Oliver was taken into intensive care where he was diagnosed with MIS-C which causes inflammation of the blood vessels and can leave youths with serious heart conditions.
The condition is so rare the hospital has only treated 11 cases of the disease.
“The scariest thing for my husband and I is not knowing. It’s new, so there’s no research. We don’t know what the long-term effects will be for him. What his future will look like,” Aimee told WPXI.
Due to the inflammation Oliver suffered three different heart conditions and now faces six months in recovery.
He is now at home but must be kept in as sterile an environment as possible during his rehabilitation.
Oliver, who is a keen young cowboy, now has daily trips outside for fresh air and can’t wait to get back on horseback.
He told ActionNews4: “I’m hopeful I can get back to riding very soon.
“It’s what I love to do and I don’t feel the same without riding my horse every day.”
Aimee used a GoFundMe page and Facebook to urge people to take the virus seriously and to say it can pose a real danger to younger people.
Up to January 13, more than 22.7million people have been infected with Covid-19 with 375, 471 people dying from it.
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