Brit boy, 9, spent Christmas in hospital with really rare Covid complication

A nine-year-old kid was hospitalised over Christmas Day after a “really rare” coronavirus side effect left his eye badly swollen.

Zac Morey, from Bristol, was forced to go to A&E where medics decided whether to operate on his eye to drain the fluid.

His mum, Angela, admitted she had “not seen anything like it before” and told Bristol Live: “The doctors said it's an allergic reaction to the virus, and that it's really rare and happens mostly with children.”

The unusual Covid-19 complication hasn’t been widely reported on, despite experts estimating between 1-3% of coronavirus sufferers experience symptoms impacting their eyes.

Zac has since been released from hospital after a course of antibiotics, and Angela was gushing with praise for the medics who worked on her son.

"They'd decorated and given him pyjamas and Lego and he could just chill out watching films on the telly,” she said.

"One of the nurses took him to the window in a chair with his drip to see out the window.

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"I think he actually found it quite interesting, being in hospital for the first time – he wasn't scared at all, he was just intrigued by it all.

"His eye is almost back to normal now and we've finally had our 'Christmas Day' all together."

In a tweet thanking hospital staff, Angela said they were "absolute heroes" who offered "exemplary care" as they worked over Christmas.

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Since her son’s release, she has been back to the hospital to give staff presents as a thank you.

The 37-year-old now wants to raise awareness of the medical condition, as it could potentially have developed into something more serious or might not have been identified as Covid-related if Zac hadn’t done a positive test.

Specsavers issued a warning about the medical rarity on its website, writing: “Conjunctivitis associated with Covid-19 tends to occur in the later stages of the disease, alongside more common symptoms such as a continuous cough and fever."

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