A SCHOOLGIRL has died of Covid-19 despite displaying no symptoms that are normally linked with the virus.
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos, 13, from Campinas in south east Brazil, was admitted to hospital with agonising stomach cramps and within hours her organs failed and she died.
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Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos thought she had stomach problemsCredit: Newsflash
It later turned out the 13-year had been suffering from Covid-19Credit: Newsflash
Ana had not displayed any other symptoms typically associated with Covid-19, such as shortness of breath or a lack of sense of taste or smell.
Her father, 50-year-old bus driver Paulo Cesar dos Santos, told local media his daughter had been in pain in the days leading up to her hospital admission.
He said: “We thought she was having menstrual cramps. But as the pains got worse, we decided to take her to the hospital.”
After her admission, doctors suspected she was suffering from gallstones.
But her condition quickly worsened and she had to be sedated and intubated in intensive care.
She suffered multiple organ failure and died shortly afterwards.
Doctors ruled she died from paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS) resulting from Covid-19.
Ana’s parents are baffled as to how she contracted the virus, as she had largely been stuck at home.
I am a bus driver and her mother works at a hospital reception, we could also have passed the virus on to her
Paulo Cesar dos Santos, girl’s dad
Dad Paulo told local media: “They are saying she got infected at school, but that cannot be confirmed.
“She went to class just once, a fortnight before being admitted.
“As I am a bus driver and her mother works at a hospital reception, we could also have passed the virus on to her.”
Ana’s father revealed the teen was a deft hand in the kitchen and had thought about becoming a chef.
She was also committed to the evangelical church the family attends.
PIMS is a rare illness that can lead to shock and organ failure. It has proved fatal in less than two percent of reported cases.
Brazil’s death toll — now close to 260,000 — has been exacerbated by a slow Covid jab rollout, despite Brazil seeing 10.7million cases, to date.
It comes amid fears the Covid outbreak in the South American country risks spawning even deadly strains that “could force the world back into lockdown” despite jabs, warns an expert.
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos was initially thought to be suffering from gall stonesCredit: Newsflash
WHAT IS PIMS AND HOW CAN YOU SPOT IT?
PIMS was first reported in April, after young patients needed intensive care following serious inflammation of the body.
- Inflammation is a normal response of the body’s immune system to fight infection
- But sometimes the immune system can go into overdrive and begin to attack the whole body
- The inflammation can spread to blood vessels, particularly those around the heart
- If untreated, the inflammation can cause tissue damage, organ failure or even death
- Some symptoms include: a rash, abdominal symptoms such as stomach ache, diarrhoea, being sick, a high temperature for more than three days
- PIMS seems to be linked to Covid-19 because most of the children either had the virus or tested positive for antibodies indicating they had been infected
- This syndrome is very rare, and most children will not be seriously affected.
Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis has slammed Brazil as a “virus breeding ground” after its coronavirus death toll smashed records for the second straight day with 1,910 fatalities in 24 hours.
The expert, a professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, told The Guardian: “The world must vehemently speak out over the risks Brazil is posing to the fight against the pandemic.”
He revealed his fears despite a massive rollout of jabs in the UK and America, asking, “what’s the point in sorting the pandemic out in Europe or the US, if Brazil continues to be a breeding ground for this virus?
“If you allow the virus to proliferate at the levels it is currently proliferating here, you open the door to the occurrence of new mutations and the appearance of even more lethal variants.”
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