A North Carolina teen was left struggling to walk after coming down with an illness brought on by coronavirus, according to a report.
Cooper Hudson, 15, of Stanly County was healthy and active until about two weeks ago when he started experiencing strange symptoms, news station WSOC reported.
“When he got up, he was so dizzy he could barely walk and it was awful,” his mom, Melanie Hudson, told the outlet.
When his health took a turn for the worse, he was admitted to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, where he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
Doctors there diagnosed him with a virus-related condition known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C.
The condition attacks kids’ organs about two weeks after they contracted the virus.
“I mean, we knew it was serious, but we didn’t know how serious it was in those first few days,” Cooper’s dad, Matt Hudson, told the outlet.
In Cooper’s case, the syndrome impacted his liver and his heart.
“His blood pressure was dropping quickly and that was the sign that told them he needed to go into the ICU,” his dad said.
With the help of steroids, his health has improved and he’s been discharged from the hospital.
But the teen said that he’s still on the road to recovery.
“I’m still tired, but it’s going to take time,” Cooper told the outlet.