Alexander Parsons passed away aged eight months after he was admitted to Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital back in April suffering from a ruptured aneurysm. He had no underlying health conditions.
Alexander was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease which causes blood vessels throughout the body to swell after a ‘pinprick’ rash, fever and swollen lymph nodes developed.
His mother, Kathryn Rowlands, 29, heartbreakingly said she will “never be whole again” as the baby tragically passed away in her arms.
She told the Mirror: “I can’t believe I carried him for longer than he was alive.
“I will never be whole again.
Alexander Parsons in the youngest UK victim of new disease linked to coronavirus
The Parsons family with Alexander
“And more parents will be in the same unimaginable position unless the Government starts to listen to the advice of scientists and stops gambling with people’s lives.
“The doctors and nurses who fought to save Alex were incredible – but if they’d known more about the Cover-Kawasaki link, they possibly could have done more.”
The illness was discovered by scientists to be caused by the deadly COVID-19 virus last month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called the illness multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
Eight month old Alexander Parsons becomes youngest victim of COVID-19 related illness
The CDC previously said: “Healthcare providers who have cared or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to their local, state or territorial health department.”
The CDC went on to say the disease should be suspected in all deaths in children who had symptoms of COVID-19.
Suni Sood, a paediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, said cases of Kawasaki disease emerged around four to six weeks after a child had been infected.
He said: “They had the virus, the body fought it off earlier.
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“But now there’s this delayed exaggerated immune response.”
Alex’s tragic death comes after it was revealed another 468 people had died from the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
This figures bring the country’s total to 34,466, the highest number in the whole of Europe.
Despite COVID-19 continuing to take lives, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still moving forward with his plans to ease lockdown restrictions.
Alexander Parsons passed away in his mother’s arms
After his announcement last Sunday, a row between ministers and teachers’ unions intensified as Mr Johnson revealed primary schools will reopen as early as June 1.
Liverpool and Hartlepool are both refusing to follow government guidelines and announced their schools will continue to remain closed amid the deadly threat.
The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said that plans to reopen primary schools will include keeping the children in small socially distanced groups.
He said during a press conference at Downing Street: “We are creating a protective bubble around them, reducing the amount of mixing and making sure that these small groups stay together, almost like a family within a classroom.
“School staff can already be tested for the virus, but from the first of June we’ll extend that to cover children and their families if any of them develop symptoms.
“Together these measures will create an inherently safer system where the risk of transmission is substantially reduced for children, their teachers and also their families.”
Mr Williamson went on to say how schools can be the “safest place” for children in unhappy homes.
He said: “There is a consequence to this, the longer that schools are closed the more that children miss out.
“Teachers know that there are children out there that have not spoken or played with another child their own age for the last two months.
“They know there are children from difficult or very unhappy homes for home school is the happiest moment in their week, and it’s also the safest place for them to be.”