Seemingly out of nowhere, Baelyn’s liver had become so damaged that it could no longer clean ammonia out of her blood.
She’s part of a nationwide investigation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into recent cases of sudden severe hepatitis — or swelling of the liver — in 109 children in 25 states and territories. There are roughly 340 more children with similar cases around the world, the, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported on Wednesday.
In the US, five of the children have died, and 15 have needed liver transplants.
Globally, including the US, there have been 11 deaths, and in the UK, 11 children have received liver transplants.
Like Baelyn, most of the children are young — under the age of 5. Many had no apparent health problems before showing signs of liver injury: They lost their appetites. Their skin and eyes began to turn yellow, symptom called jaundice. Some had dark urine and cloudy gray stool.
— Read on www.cnn.com/2022/05/13/health/hepatitis-child-liver-transplant-baelyn/index.html
This has been terrible as it develops.. no real information exists yet as to what it’s linked to, whether it’s Covid related, or just a brand new virus..
But the faster we find out the better.. it’s frightening right now for any parent who needs to watch for these sudden developing symptoms in children..