An 8 year old loses both limbs to a rare form of meningitis but is well on the way to recovery
Not always does vaccinations help children as was proved in the case of little Kyle Vincent who was struck down with the dreaded disease of meningococcal septicemia when he was 8 years old. The diseases ravaged his body which led to the loss of both legs and one hand. The most unfortunate aspect of this incident was the fact that Kyle had received the meningitis C vaccine when he was a baby but it hardly made a difference.
Kyle Vincent was almost on the verge of death with septicemia eating his leg until doctors put him into an induced coma so his body could fight the disease. The eight year old lost his legs to the fatal disease but struggled on to recovery.
1 How it all started
It all started on March 5th when Kyle at his home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire felt sick and complained of a headache. He was also running a fever which showed 39.2 degrees Celsius. It was then that his mom Cheryl got worried and researched meningitis symptoms online as per her mother’s advice.
Cheryl thought it may be a bug and gave the boy a Calpol and Nurofen. After calling a helpline, she was told to monitor his fever and keep him cool. By morning, the boy was almost paralyzed. He could not move even to get up and go to the bathroom.
2 The boy’s condition deteriorated rapidly
When his mother asked him to try and walk, his legs just gave way. His father Dude Baxter then noticed deep purple bruises on Kyle’s shoulders, hips and knees. They also seemed cold. It then struck Cheryl that those were the signs of meningitis. An ambulance was called and Kyle was administered an anti biotic injection.
The boy was immediately rushed to Luton and Dunstable Hospital in Bedfordshire for treatment. Kyle was immediately put on intravenous drips even as the bruises were forming before his parents very eyes. It was a horrible sight for the coupe to see their little boy suffer.
3 No alternative but amputation of his legs
Kyle was soon screaming in pain within a short while even as doctors induced him into a medical coma. He was diagnosed with the deadly condition of meningococcal septicemia. The boy was then transferred to the St Mary’s Hospital and admitted to the specialist infectious diseases ward. A consultant informed his parents that the next 90 hours would be crucial to his survival.
The disease that took hold of Kyle’s body would not let up. His toes and feet had turned black and gangrene set into the legs. Doctors then informed the couple that they would have to amputate his legs and a hand.
4 Mommy!! Don’t take away my legs!!
Cheryl just 36 was faced with the most horrifying aspect of telling her son that he would be losing his legs. The youngster screamed: “Don’t take my legs, mummy,” when Cheryl sat down with a child psychologist to break the news to Kyle.
The eight year old lost his legs when they were amputated on April 14th. The operation took 3 hours but it proved a relief for Kyle who opened his eyes two days later. The first thing he said was ‘Look Mum, I can move better and I’m not in as much pain.’ This boy was a little fighter and struggled through his ordeal like a true warrior.
5 Discharged and fitted with new prosthetics
When Kyle was discharged, his family moved into a new home with a room specially constructed to cater to Kyle’s needs and mobility. Kyle is eagerly looking forward to Christmas and has been fitted with specially designed prosthetic feet so that he can move around easily. He is also undergoing tests so that doctors can find out why he was attacked by meningitis despite of getting a vaccination for the disease.
Kyle is slowly learning new skills and even plays football with his prosthetic feet.
6 Family love and support pulled the little boy through
According to Dr Hermione Lyall, a consultant pediatrician of infectious diseases, “It is very rare for a child to go on to get severe meningococcal C after having had the vaccination.”Whenever this happens we do bloods tests to check the child’s immune system to make sure that there is no underlying problem.
Doctors attributed Kyle’s condition to a severe case of bad luck as it was extremely unlikely for someone to contract meningitis after a vaccination. Although the eight year old lost his legs, Doctors have admired the little boy’s resilience and felt that he pulled through because of his loving family who provided him the support and security he needed in such a terrifying ordeal.