A BABY boy was left brain damaged after doctors missed a dangerous illness and diagnosed him with Covid-19 during an online appointment.
Little Hugo Dato can no longer cry or interact with his family after his heart stopped suddenly while he was in his mum’s arms despite her months-long medical battle.
Hugo Dato was misdiagnosed with Covid-19 when he had Kawasaki disease[/caption]
The little boy had been a smiling, happy tot but can no longer cry or react to his family[/caption]
Hugo Dato’s family are fundraising for his private treatment after his wrong diagnosis of Covid-19[/caption]
The 16-month-old was initially diagnosed with Covid-19 after an online doctor’s appointment, but told not to go to hospital because it was too risky.
But just a few months later, the tot was eventually diagnosed with rare Kawasaki syndrome, which his family say should have been picked up earlier and treated.
“He does not cry, he does not interact with us, he looks at us a bit, but he does not react to anything, explained dad Jose Maria Dato Cano, 35.
He said baby Hugo was just four months old when he got ill as the first lockdown hit his home country of Spain.
The tragic tot started showing signs of a fever, conjunctivitis and redness of the skin.
“We called the family doctor and as they did not see him face to face due to the spike in coronavirus cases, Hugo was diagnosed with coronavirus and had a prescription with medication for his fever and a solution for his eyes,” his dad Jose told Real Press.
The doctor also recommended the family avoid going to the health centre and the hospital as they were overburdened and “if it was Covid-19, it was worse to take him there”, he said.
As Hugo’s symptoms did not improve, his parents took him to a private practice where he was confirmed to be infected with a virus but it was not clear if it was Covid-19 as tests were not readily available.
The private doctor prescribed antibiotics, which helped Hugo recover and within 20 days, he was back to his normal happy self, for a time.
However, Hugo’s heart suddenly stopped working in his mother’s arms just after Christmas on December 27.
The one-year-old was rushed to Santa Lucia hospital in the port city of Cartagena, where doctors managed to get a pulse.
Hugo was then transported to the Virgen de la Arrixaca University Clinical Hospital in the city of Murcia.
There, doctors found large aneurysms in Hugo’s heart which had also led to his health problems at four months old.
Little Hugo has spent months in hospital after he was misdiagnosed with Covid-19 but actually had Kawasaki disease[/caption]
The tot can no longer cry or react to his family after suffering brain damage[/caption]
Kawasaki disease – what is it?
What is Kawasaki disease?
The disease is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.
According to the NHS, the disease primarily affects children under five years of age.
The blood vessels become swollen which can lead to complications in the coronary arteries (the blood vessels which supply blood to the heart).
Kawasaki disease can cause aneurysms which can lead to a heart attack and heart disease.
In less likely cases, internal bleeding can be caused when the aneurysm bursts.
Each year, an estimated eight in every 100,000 children develop Kawasaki disease, according to figures from the NHS.
Around 25 per cent of cases go on to experience heart complications.
It can result in fatality in about two to three per cent of cases if not treated.
The cause of Kawasaki disease is currently unknown, although it is not contagious.
They were caused by a rare illness called Kawasaki syndrome, which causes a fever and an inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body, mainly in children aged five and below.
Hugo’s mum Maria Jesus Hernandez Guirao, 33, said she believed her son could have been cured with a simple treatment if doctors had detected the illness earlier.
Hugo had displayed all the symptoms of Kawasaki disease, which include fever, conjunctivitis, red marks on his skin, and chapped lips.
Doctors have recently warned of a Kawasaki-like disease triggered by Covid-19 that can be fatal in adults as well as children.
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The near-fatal incident on December 27 caused serious brain damage due to the lack of oxygen to his brain when his heart stopped.
Once Hugo is allowed home from hospital, he will need physiotherapists, a speech therapist, and child psychology and stimulation programmes.
The family is now fundraising for Hugo’s private treatment, and has so far raised around £10,000 through a GoFundMe campaign.