Bronx teen hospitalized after getting diagnosed with COVID-19 and multi-system inflammatory syndrome

A Bronx teen spent a week in the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was diagnosed with the multi-system inflammatory syndrome.

News 12 Staff

May 24, 2020, 10:22 PM

Updated 1,464 days ago

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A Bronx teen spent a week in the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was diagnosed with the multi-system inflammatory syndrome.
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About two weeks ago, 17-year-old David Vargas said he had flu-like symptoms for four days. After feeling better, he woke up in the middle of the night from sharp pain in his chest.

He says he didn't want to worry his parents, so he waited an hour and the pain eventually went away. However, it came back the next night and he realized it was time to go to the hospital.

At Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital, he tested positive for COVID-19, which may have caused an injury to his heart.

Vargas has never had any medical issues in the past. He says he turned to sketchbooks to help relieve stress for the week he spent in the hospital.

"A social worker came in to ask what my hobbies were and what I enjoy doing and of course I say that I love to draw, so the next day she comes back with colored pencils and sketchbooks and that's how I kind of passed the time in the hospital," says Vargas.

Vargas is quarantining in his home for two weeks and to avoid any serious injury in the future, he has to avoid exercise for the next six months.
 


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