A five-year-old girl is struggling between life and death in the intensive care unit of an English hospital. After managing to defeat the coronavirus, the baby contracted Kawasaki disease, a potentially deadly inflammation of the blood vessels that is believed may be related to Covid-19.

Piers Roberts, that’s the name of little Scarlett’s father, said that doctors gave the girl only a 20 percent chance of surviving. The girl had contracted the coronavirus at school before the British government imposed the lockdown: in the first six weeks her condition had been good, then suddenly precipitated and the doctors found complications in several organs.

Scarlett still managed to defeat the Covid-19, but a few days later she was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease for which she is still hospitalised in the intensive care unit. Her aunt explained that she is not connected to a lung ventilator but has serious heart problems.

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What is Kawasaki disease?

Some scientists believe that Kawasaki disease can occur in children as a result of coronavirus, rare pathology affecting medium and small size arteries, especially coronary arteries.

As the dedicated website explains “it is characterised by high fever, exanthema, conjunctivitis, mucositis, cervical lymphadenopathy and polyarthritis of varying severity. Kawasaki disease which in most cases occurs with high fever and is a disease that mainly affects children under the age of 5 with a peak in the second year. It is spread all over the world with an endemic trend and reignitions every 2-3 years and a peak in winter and spring “.

If not diagnosed in time, the disease can lead to the development of coronary aneurysms in 5-10% of cases, thus becoming a pathology with an important impact for a child which, in a very low percentage of cases, can also lead to death.