The father of a young girl who is hospitalized with a rare syndrome that may be related to coronavirus has warned that schools in Britain need to “move mountains” to ensure they open safely on June 1.
Piers Roberts’ daughter, Scarlett, was diagnosed with an inflammatory disease similar to that Kawasaki disease, weeks after recovering from coronavirus.
He is one of more than 200 children suspected of having a rare disease in Europe, which has caused the death of two children in Britain so far.
Hundreds of similar cases have been reported worldwide, with doctors suspecting that this syndrome is caused by an overreaction of the body to an infection.
Roberts, who works as a teacher, told Good Morning Britain on Monday that his daughter made “great progress”.
However, he expressed concern about the school reopening in two weeks, stressing that he did not want others to go through the “tortuous time” he had.
Mr Roberts said: “There needs to be a dialogue to get children back to school and in education in a safe way.”
“We need to move mountains to make this as safe as possible,” he added.
That World Health Organization (WHO) has asked doctors around the world to share information about diseases such as Kawasaki, known as the multisystem inflammatory syndrome of children (PIMS).
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director, said: “I ask all doctors throughout the world to work with your national authorities and WHO to be vigilant and better understand this syndrome in children.”
On Friday, the health agency issued a preliminary definition of PIMS, saying symptoms included rashes, shock, low blood pressure and evidence of bleeding disorders.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the organization’s chief scientist, said that a clear link between coronavirus and PIMS had not been found.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Dr Swaminathan said: “Recently there have been several reports of children being received with strange syndromes, something that looks like sepsis, something that looks like an illness called Kawasaki disease, which causes inflammation. in blood vessels.
“Now, it’s not very clear what the relationship between Covid-19 and this syndrome is. There are some children who test positive for the virus and some who don’t,” he added.
Medical experts estimate that more than 100 children in the UK have been affected by this condition.
The first child to die of the syndrome in England is Alexander Parson, an eight-month-old baby from Plymouth who died at Bristol Children’s Hospital on April 25.
The JustGiving page has been prepared to raise funds to support his family. So far it has received more than £ 13,000 in donations.
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