WARNING: This story contains clear
images of the Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which can be disturbing to some
When Mandy Smith collects her son, Zachary, from school
she knows immediately that something is wrong. Zachary is not doing well. He
says he has an itchy poison ivy rash on his feet and on his eyes. She rubs a
soothing cream into his feet.
The next day, his whole body is covered
in a rash. Then his temperature starts to rise, and he begins to get
a fever. Mandy doesn't know what else to do and rushes to the
hospital with her son.
The doctors aren't sure what's wrong
with Zachary. They presume it's a viral infection but the medication
isn't taking effect. His condition is deteriorating by the
hour and the rash also keeps getting worse. His eyes are
bloodshot, and his lips are beginning to crack open.
A nurse has a terrible suspicion of
something, which quickly gets confirmed: Zachary has Stevens-Johnson syndrome,
a very rare and dangerous disease that primarily attacks the skin and mucous
membranes. It usually begins with symptoms similar to those of flu but can
rapidly turn fatal.
The Stevens-Johnson syndrome is usually an
allergic reaction to certain drugs. Mandy is certain that the pills she gave
Zachary a few days prior to help with a migraine could have triggered the
Zachary's skin begins to blister and peel off.
90 percent of his skin is affected by the disease. His lungs are
infected. The doctors have to put him into an artificial coma in order to
remove his top layer of dead skin. They wrap him up in an artificial
skin substitute, so his weakened little body can start forming new skin.
No one is sure if he will survive.
Fortunately, Zachary is a very tough and brave
little boy. Just one month later, he is out of the coma, and his body begins to
recover remarkably quickly. Miraculously, he is not only completely healthy
again but he also seems to have not suffered any permanent damage
from it. His family is overjoyed.
Sometimes the smallest and most fragile
individuals surprise everyone with a strength that no one would ever
have believed possible. It is good to know that even seemingly hopeless
cases can still turn good in the end.
The doctors thought it was a poison ivy rash, but days later they noticed THIS.4.55EYEOPENER WARNING : This story contains clear images of the Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which can be disturbing to some people. When Mandy Smith coll...