While the death rate from Covid-19 remains comparatively low, in the UK hovering around 2.8% of cases, many survivors are experiencing a wide range of lingering symptoms known collectively as “Long Covid.”
Logan Walsh, 7, recovered from a bout of coronavirus but is now struggling with a particularly strange side effect. He’s suffering from memory loss.
A specialist at Leeds General Infirmary, where Logan was treated, spotted the signs of PIMS-TS, or pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome. The condition can cause organ failure, insufficient blood flow, as well as other severe medical issues, meaning children need to be admitted to ICU.
Logan had to undergo steroid treatment and later developed a heart murmur that led to him being transferred to the Intensive Care ward. Logan’s body began to swell as it attempted to heal itself and his blood became dangerously thin.
The Bradford lad now frequently forgets little things that his mum has to remind him of, reports Yorkshire Live. With Logan due to begin schoolwork again, the family is worried that this new side effect will cause him problems.
Logan’s mum, Jessica Walsh, 47 said: “Now with his memory, he forgets some things which can be frustrating for him.
“He has no memory of the nine worst days when he was poorly, which we decided is probably a good thing. There was one particular day when I really thought we might lose him. But his memory, in general, is not brilliant as he remembered Christmas morning for a few days but has no recollection of it now. We can remind him with bits and bobs,” she said, “so we are really hoping that his memory improves, especially as he’s starting a bit of schoolwork again.”
Jessica added that Logan is doing really well, however, and is getting back to normal.
“He is doing really well despite this, and we like to think he is almost back to his normal self. He does still struggles with the stairs a little,” says Jessica.