Orion Raz, age 17, had contracted COVID-19, but she had only mild symptoms. One month later, she was hit with a severe inflammatory syndrome, which resulted in her being hospitalized in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus.

Both Hadassah Ein Kerem and Hadassah Mount Scopus have treated upwards of 35 children suffering from the same syndrome after recovering from COVID-19. Symptoms of the syndrome, which causes organs of the body to become inflamed, include severe stomach pain, fever, muscle pains, diarrhea, and vomiting. The children may also experience a decrease in heart function, and their pulmonary muscles may swell.

“We are talking about a syndrome that can be life-threatening,” relates Dr. Rebecca Brooks, head of the PICU, “but with quick diagnosis and treatment, children can recover completely.”

Orion has now recovered sufficiently to go home. Read her story in The Jerusalem Post.