News ID: 268007
Published: 1151 GMT April 21, 2020

Toddler with congenital heart defect, chronic lung disease recovers from coronavirus

Toddler with congenital heart defect, chronic lung disease recovers from coronavirus

A one-year-old girl suffering with a chronic lung disease and a congenital heart defect has become one of the UK’s youngest coronavirus survivors.

Leah Peters was taken to the emergency department at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, Lincolnshire, after she developed a cough and had low heart stats at the end of March, reported. 

She was given oxygen support and later tested positive for COVID-19. Despite her parents, Agata and Michael Peters, worrying what might happen if Leah caught the virus, they said she ‘surprised us all’ by being well enough to be discharged the day after her results came back. 

Speaking after her return home, Leah’s mother said: “A few weeks ago we noticed that Leah had a bit of a cough, but living in a house with us and her two older sisters, Natalie aged four and Emily aged five, we assumed it was a cold or another bug they had brought home and were not overly worried.

“Because of Leah’s heart condition, we have a nurse come to visit her at home every week. 

“The nurse took her stats and as they were a bit low and combined with the cough she called an ambulance and we were taken to the emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital where she was given oxygen and she picked up a bit.”

She continued: “It was only later when we were on the ward that we heard that she had tested positive for coronavirus. 

“We really were surprised. Because of Leah’s existing conditions we had talked about coronavirus and feared if she caught it she would really struggle.

“But she is a little fighter and has surprised us all. She was sent home the day after we received the test results and is doing really well at the moment.”

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