Maryland boy, 7, with sickle cell disease recovers from coronavirus that caused pneumonia in both lungs – News Info Park

Posted: May 10, 2020 at 9:43 am

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A 7-year-old boy in Marylandwho suffers from sickle cell anemiais on his way to a full recovery after being hospitalized with a case of the coronavirus, according to reports.

Nasir Striggs was first hospitalized at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore in early April. His mother, Deshannon Striggs, brought him in for an examination after she noticed her son was experiencing trouble breathing.

He tested positive for COVID-19 at the hospital. An X-ray revealed he also had pneumonia in both lungs. The child, diagnosed with sickle cell disease, an inherited red blood cell disorder, underwent several blood transfusions at the hospital before his release.


Nasir Striggs, 7, who has sickle cell anemia, is home from the hospital after recovering from the coronavirus. (Courtesy: Deshannon Striggs)

He had to keep getting stuck by the needle because the needle kept coming out, the mother told WBAL. To watch him go through that, it was really scary.

After undergoing treatment for several days, his condition began to improve, Deshannon said. She said prayers and support, as well as the dedicated care from the hospitals medical team, have helped her sons recovery.

Just keep the faith. Thats the message: keep the faith, she said.


Deshannon said doctors have been monitoringNasirs conditionvia virtual check-ups since he was discharged from the hospital. Photos she shared with Fox News show the boy at home smiling,his face mask pulled beneath his chin.

Sickle cell disease is usually diagnosed shortly after birth. The genetic disorder results in oxygen-carrying red blood cells taking on a C or sickle shape, instead of round,often getting stuck in small blood vessels and clogging blood flow, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children with the disease are at an increased risk of infection and other health problems. The only known cure is a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

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