Doctors reported that a 3-year-old boy experienced a stroke after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Colt Parris, a toddler in Missouri, was recovering at the University of Missouri’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, after surgery to address a brain clot. However, doctors say the young boy is expected to make a full recovery.
Dr. Camilo Gomez, a neurologist at the hospital, said doctors were researching the link between coronavirus and neurological problems.
“The Covid diagnosis is important because we think the reason why (patients) with Covid, including the child, have strokes and a variety of other problems is that they have propensity to form clots,” Gomez said.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, researchers have studied the possible association between the coronavirus and blood clots.
When Colt tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, hours later, the young boy lost the ability to move his right arm and leg. His mother, Sara Harris, said she noticed the difference as he picked up his stuffed animal.
“I went to hand him his Boo and I noticed that he didn’t use his dominant arm to grab it,” she said. “He reached over to grab his bunny, and then again, I knew something else wasn’t right.”
Dr. Paul Carney, a pediatric neurologist, said the 3-year-old had a stroke that cut off the blood supply to the left side of his brain.
“There’s really no other case like this,” Carney said. “If this had been anybody over the age of 40 or 60, they would have probably had a very different outcome.”
Colt’s parents are sharing their son’s story to increase awareness around COVID-19.