Father Details 8-Year-Old Son's Rare Illness Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

May 11, 2020

Over one million people have tested positive for coronavirus in the United States.

A dangerous inflammation of the heart and other organs has been detected in child patients with COVID-19 across the country. Doctors across the country are questioning these rare illnesses that have emerged.

A family shared their story to Good Morning America about their healthy son becoming ill. He was then hospitalized when contracting a rare illness.

Jayden Hardowar, the 8-year-old, is recovering in the hospital and off a ventilator. His symptoms were similar to the Kawasaki disease.

Children exhibiting the rare but dangerous complication have been identified across the country in at least seven states and the Washington, D.C. area, according to a May 7 report from NBC.

The symptoms, which can inflame blood vessels in the heart, were first reported in late April. Doctors dubbed the symptoms with an official name: pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

Before being admitted into the hospital, the young boy spiked a fever in late April. Doctors told his family that he should take Children's Tylenol. Several days later, as his fever subsided, Hardowar became weak.

His father, Roup Hardowar, said he was confident that his son would not get sicker. The family was not concerned because they have been practicing social distancing. 

Last week, things turned worse as the 8-year-old became critically ill. The older son found his brother gasping for air. From there, he went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to a New York City hospital.

"Immediately, my older boy, he got on the bed and he starts to pump the chest," their father said.

The family said they have been able to check on their son via video chat, and he is expected to come home this weekend.

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