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5-year-old hospitalized with rare inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19

A mother in Morrill is living every parent’s nightmare since her five-year-old son was hospitalized Monday with a rare inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19.
Brody Sinks
Brody Sinks
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A mother in Morrill is living every parent’s nightmare since her five-year-old son was hospitalized Monday with a rare inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19.

Brody Sinks, 5, fell ill over the weekend with what initially seemed like the average stomach flu, his mother Megan Sinks said in an interview Thursday.

“It was all pretty shocking,” Sinks said. “He had a fever but we had brought it down with Tylenol and then it started progressing in the coming days. His joints got so sore that he couldn’t walk.”

As her son’s symptoms intensified over the weekend, Sinks called her local emergency room several times. They advised her to take him to his doctor on Monday. By then, Brody had a rash all over his body and got sent to the emergency room immediately. Soon, Brody was transferred to the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver and diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, a rare illness linked to COVID-19.

“You can’t even imagine until you see your child talking to something that is not there or believing something is chasing him when it’s not there. You just don’t know how to talk him through it,” Sinks said. “It’s just been a total nightmare.”

Sinks says she isn’t sure if her son will make it home in time for Christmas, but if Brody fights this illness off, Sinks says she’ll get him vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as a vaccine becomes available for children.