Newborn baby suddenly develops a rash on holiday and now faces having his limbs amputated – as doctors admit they have no idea how to treat his condition
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- Parents Shaneace and Matthew Currie noticed something wrong with first child
- Their four-month-old son was sent home from hospital with a suspected UTI
- He developed a rash which doctors later discovered was a rare condition
- The disease cut off circulation to his limbs, which may have to be amputated
- Logan’s parents set up a GoFundMe to help cover costs of prosthetic limbs
Logan Currie (pictured) was taken to hospital after he developed a purple rash on his hand
A newborn who was sent home from hospital with a urinary tract infection could lose his arms after a rare disease caused blood clots which cut off his circulation.
Shaneace Roy and Matthew Currie knew something was wrong with their four-month-old baby, Logan, during a family holiday to Queensland more than four weeks ago.
Now they’re faced with the reality their only child will lose both of his hands, and possibly his left leg, after developing a rare disease that baffled their medical team.
‘I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy,’ Mr Currie told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I wouldn’t want anyone to be a medical mystery, because we don’t know what is going on, and the doctors don’t know how his two conditions are working with each other.’
The young family from Singleton, in New South Wales, are now living in the Ronald McDonald House near Westmead Hospital to be closer to Logan, who remains in the cardiac unit after he was transferred from intensive care.
The four-month-old (pictured) fell sick quite suddenly, and was fine before his parents took him on holidays to the Gold Coast
Logan is now in a cardiac unit at Westmead Children’s Hospital where doctors are closely monitoring him
Doctors still aren’t quite sure how to treat his condition, which they believe to be a combination of Kawasaki disease and Poly Arterial Arthritis.
They believe the conditions may have somehow worked together to create blood clots throughout Logan’s heart, lungs and body, ultimately restricting the blood flow to his extremities.
WHAT IS KAWASAKI DISEASE?
Kawasaki disease is a condition that causes inflammation along the walls of arteries and blood vessels in the body.
It’s most common in infants and young children.
Early stages include a rash and fever. Symptoms include high fever and peeling skin.
The condition is often untreatable.
Mr Currie said they are aware Logan will lose his hands, and possibly both arms below the elbows. His left leg from the knee down has also been impacted by his condition.
‘Doctors aren’t sure how much of his arms he’ll be able to keep. They’re waiting for the dead skin to peel away to see what is still alive,’ he said.
The couple first noticed a rash appear during a family holiday on the Gold Coast. He then began vomiting and was irritable.
He was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department, where he was sent home with an antibiotic script for a urinary tract infection.
But eight hours later his condition deteriorated and his hand started turning purple, which is when doctors picked up on his rare condition.
‘Nobody had seen this kind of situation before,’ Mr Currie said.
The little one is expected to lose both of his hands – possibly his arms – and part of his left leg
He underwent a series of tests and scans before doctors determined he was fighting two rare conditions simultaneously
He was eventually transferred to Westmead Children’s Hospital from Queensland via air travel to be closer to family.
The first-time parents set up a GoFundMe appeal to assist with the costs of prosthetic limbs and Logan’s future treatment.
While they’ve both been able to take time off work, Shaneace on maternity leave and Mr Currie unpaid, they’re starting to burn through their savings.
When Shaneace’s maternity leave finishes up soon, Mr Currie is planning on returning to work as a bricklayer to keep supporting his young family.
He said the entire ordeal has been tough, but they try to take each day as it comes.
‘Obviously some days are better than others,’ Mr Currie said. ‘When he is having a good day, then we can have a good day too.
‘But the smallest things, like a cough or a sneeze freak us out and make us think there might be something more sinister going on.’
Logan (left: before, right: after) remains in hospital while his first time parents are living in the Ronald McDonald House to be closer to him