10-year-old Michigan boy loses hands and legs to COVID-19 infection [Video]

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Dae’Shun Jamison, 10, from Michigan was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized in late December.
  • The infection led to several complications that resulted in the amputation of his hands and legs.
  • His mother, Britney Autman, set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for her son’s medical bills.

Dae’Shun Jamison was infected with COVID-19 and has been hospitalized since late December. Shortly after, he developed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. The CDC says the condition causes a child’s various body parts, like the brain, heart, and lungs, to become inflamed. This, in turn, can cause symptoms like abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, and neck pain.

Dae’Shun was placed on an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which pumps oxygen throughout the body and helps patients that have failing hearts and lungs.

Dae’Shun’s right leg was amputated on January 15, doctors telling the family he was likely to have more limbs amputated in just a few weeks.

Though the first amputation was successful, lack of blood flow damaged Dae’Shun’s hands. On February 22, the tough decision was made to amputate both extremities and the boy’s remaining leg.

His mother, Britney Autman, is heartbroken, saying seeing her son break down in tears really affected her. She says she wouldn’t want it to happen to any other child, but she’s left wondering: why her son? “I can’t believe this is happening to my baby.” 

Autman set up a GoFundMe page to help with her son’s medical bills. “Please keep the prayers coming.”

Wednesday afternoon, people have donated nearly $100,000 to the page.

WGN9 says Dae’Shun will undergo rehabilitation therapy to adjust to his new situation. Autman says that she’s doing what she can to find ways to “get him back to the way he was as much as possible.” She’s also optimistic that when her son is ready, he will be able to use prosthetics.

Source: PEOPLE

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