Teacher Stephanie Talianicich thought her family in Ocean Springs was safe from COVID-19, but her son Wyatt is now on ventilator, struggling to see her 16th birthday on June 1, after being diagnosed with a rare disease , pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
Today, she questions everything she knows and has read about the coronavirus. Wyatt has tested negative for the virus and its antibodies, but doctors plan to test it again, stating that other people they have treated for PMIS have also tested negative.
Taliancich is worried about what will happen when the children return to school.
Wyatt’s condition is so critical that he was flown Monday from Ocean Springs Hospital to New Orleans’s Children’s Hospital, where he was put on ventilation. She said Drs of emergency medicine. Drew Weber and Stephen Boskovich of Ocean Springs Hospital saved his son’s life by recognizing the seriousness of his illness and reacting quickly.
Taliancich was with his son at New Orleans Hospital when she saw an article on sunherald.com on the first case of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome in Mississippi. The patient, a boy from central Mississippi who tested positive for COVID-19, was released from hospital and is recovering.
Taliancich immediately emailed the Sun Herald, “I wanted you to know so that you could share this information.” It could happen to anyone. Wyatt has been 2 places in more than 2 months. Please inform the governor. . . it happens. ”
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In another email, she wrote, “We thought we were doing everything right and here we are. Schools really need to think about it. Are they prepared for children who could be as sick?
“I just think there are too many unknowns. Is it COVID? Is it related to COVID? Or is it something else?
“I don’t think you can send children into the unknown. “
PRACTICAL SOCIAL DISTANCE WITH THE FAMILY
Wyatt’s last day at Ocean Springs High School was March 13. The Taliancich’s other son, Travis, 20, has been home to Mississippi State University since March 7.
Their parents were also absent from work and stayed close to home. In 2014, they lost a daughter born with a severe disability. She died in her sleep after suffering from certain illnesses, said her mother.
“My husband and I picked up groceries and the like, ordered take-out and picked up from the drive-thru, but we were extremely careful with our children,” she said.
She said that she and her husband took their sons to swim several weeks ago. No one else was in the water and no one was around them on Ocean Springs Beach.
A few days later, the family went to Target. They were in the store for about 20 minutes. These are the only two places Wyatt has been since the COVID-19 schools were closed, she said.
The only people who visited their home were a colleague who wore a mask and two close friends, one of whom was with a daughter, who were considered family members and who rubbed shoulders with the Taliancich throughout the pandemic. None of them are sick.
“We educated ourselves and practiced social distance,” said Taliancich. “We kept it at home and made sure it wasn’t exposed to risky situations, but it still happened.
“What do we really know about this?” Not much more than we knew in March. My son is on a fan and he is fighting with our support, but he could be anyone’s child. “
WYATT NEEDS URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION
Wyatt looked forward to his 16th birthday. He wanted one of these parades as he saw on Facebook during the quarantine. Taliancich’s friends and colleagues will send him cards.
Everyone prays for this intelligent teenager who loves legos, math, groups, movies and going out to eat with his family.
“He is good and loves people unconditionally,” said his mother. “He is empathetic and kind to everyone. “
She said Wyatt has no underlying health issues. He started feeling bad a week ago. His parents ordered ribs for dinner, but he said they didn’t taste good.
For the next two days, he mostly slept. Her father took Wyatt to the Ocean Springs Hospital emergency room on Saturday after developing a cough and still feeling bad. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and was given antibiotics. A COVID-19 test was negative.
By Monday morning, he was dry and returned to the hospital. Her blood pressure was dangerously low and her kidneys were failing. A second COVID-19 test was negative.
Recognizing how sick he was, the doctors went to the New Orleans Children’s Hospital and had him robbed there.
He was quickly put on a fan.
“He was hallucinating and thought he was in school,” said his mother. “We explained to him what was going on, but I really don’t think he has an idea. “
Doctors in New Orleans diagnosed PMIS in Wyatt. They also saw other cases. PMIS was reported in other states and countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many, but not all, children with PMIS have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
PMIS can cause “dangerous levels of inflammation throughout the body,” says an article on the Yale Medicine website.