Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Pneumonia. RSV is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Healthy people usually experience mild, cold-like symptoms and recover in a week or two. But RSV can be serious, especially for infants.
Henry’s parents took him to the doctor for his eight week check-up expecting to hear that he had a cold. Within 10 minutes of being examined, he was on oxygen and on his way to Mercy Health - Children’s via ambulance. He was diagnosed with severe pneumonia caused by RSV, and was placed in an induced coma with a breathing tube. The next ten days brought terror as he struggled to survive. Thankfully, Henry recovered and was able to come home.
Henry is now a smiley, happy boy who loves dogs and bananas.
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