LARGO, Fla. — Largo Medical Middle Nurse Desmon Silva, 23, is recovering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts, 4 months after the impacts of COVID-19 left him paralyzed and on a ventilator.
What You Want To Know
- Desmon Silva was first identified with COVID-19 in March and have become significantly ailing in July
- Silva’s mom says he was identified with ADEM, a uncommon central nervous system illness
- The chair of neurology at USF well being says ADEM is only one CNS situation that is been reported to observe a COVID an infection
“They known as it form of like ‘the right storm’. We have been devastated,” stated Silva’s mom, Barbara Bonnet.
At first, it regarded like Silva was going to be one of many fortunate ones. Bonnet stated he was 22 years previous when he examined constructive again in March.
“He was not symptomatic earlier than or after, and about two and a half months later, July 16, I acquired a name that my son was at Mease Countryside Hospital within the ICU,” stated Bonnet, additionally a nurse.
Bonnet stated what began out as head and neck ache shortly was Silva being unresponsive, paralyzed, and on a ventilator. She stated he was just lately identified with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, a uncommon illness of the central nervous system.
“As of right now, what principally brought on it was COVID,” Bonnet stated.
USF Well being Chair of Neurology Dr. Clifton Gooch just isn’t linked to Silva’s case however stated autoimmune assaults on the central nervous system typically happen following viral infections.
“What can occur in some people for causes we do not totally perceive is that the immune system can go into overdrive inside a month or two after the an infection is cleared and start to assault the physique’s personal tissues,” Gooch stated.
The spinal wire, mind, and peripheral nerves can all be targets of those assaults. Gooch stated ADEM mostly follows higher respiratory situations and may be very critical.
“Some sufferers will recuperate fully, relying upon the severity of this, over a time period. If it is extra extreme, they may be left with some residual harm,” Gooch stated.
In accordance with Gooch, ADEM and different CNS situations, like transverse myelitis and guillan-barre syndrome, are starting to emerge in case studies in medical literature as diseases that observe COVID-19 infections.
“Not that frequent, fortunately, however there’s so many COVID circumstances that we’re starting to see it taking place,” Gooch stated. “It is too early to inform, as a result of COVID‘s solely been with us for lower than a 12 months, whether or not that is going to be extra frequent with COVID than, say, influenza.”
Silva was transferred to Spaulding after being flown to Massachusetts General Hospital this summer time. He is nonetheless paralyzed and on a ventilator. Bonnet stated the household is combating insurer United Healthcare to maintain him there till they are often correctly skilled to take care of him. UHC Communications Director Maria Gordon Shydlo stated by way of e-mail that Silva will stay on the rehab facility by way of early December. Bonnet stated that is not sufficient time for the relations who will care for Silva to coach for the extent of care he’ll want.
“For the final three months, we have been making an attempt to stabilize him medically. He is been combating totally different infections — pneumonia, MRSA, you identify it. He is actually gone by way of it,” Bonnet stated. “They’re contemplating Desmon a custodial affected person, defining that what they’re doing at Spaulding, we’re capable of do at house.”
She stated Silva is presently combating an an infection for which he is receiving IV antibiotics, getting plasma therapies, and simply began remedy within the heart’s fitness center. Bonnet stated adjustments should be made to the home he’ll be staying in and particular gear delivered — all earlier than the scheduled discharge date of Dec. 8.
“There’s lots of issues that need to happen earlier than Des can come house. We’re asking for a correct and secure discharge,” Bonnet stated.
By all of this, Bonnet stated Silva is staying constructive, cracking jokes, and even speaking about getting again to nursing sooner or later. She stated he additionally needs to speak a critical message.
“Desmon is an advocate for us alerting folks about COVID. COVID is actual. COVID doesn’t discriminate,” Bonnet stated. “My son was 22, wholesome, and he ended up paralyzed and on a ventilator due to COVID.”
Bonnet stated whereas he does have sensation all through his physique, solely time will inform how a lot motion he’ll recuperate.
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