A Ballard High School junior is in the ICU for complications following a COVID-19 diagnosis, according to her family.Janelle Bardon, the mother of Taylor Crites, shared a post about her daughter saying she wants the public to know that “children are not immune” to COVID-19-related health issues.”COVID-19 is real. It’s not over. And what our family is enduring is absolutely terrifying.”According to a Facebook post from Bardon, Taylor had a mild COVID-19 infection in June. She was positive for 3 1/2 weeks, and her side effects included loss of taste and smell. After testing negative, she returned to field hockey and was experiencing some chest pain and shortness of breath. Cardiologists said Taylor was having runs of Wenckebach, a second-degree heart block from COVID-19, Bardon said.Last week, Taylor began to feel sick during a family vacation. She had a fever, sore throat and developed a rash all over her body, Bardon said. An ER physician diagnosed her with MISC, an inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19. The syndrome usually targets younger patients. Following treatment at the ICU, Taylor was sent home. However, doctors said she needed to return to the hospital immediately after testing positive for cerebral meningitis. On Monday, she will undergo treatment for the virus, which Bardon said took advantage of her immune system when it was weak. Taylor is expected to be in the hospital for the next 12 days where we’re told she will receive antiviral medication through an IV. Taylor’s mother set up a GoFundMe to help with her medical expenses. To donate, click here.

A Ballard High School junior is in the ICU for complications following a COVID-19 diagnosis, according to her family.

Janelle Bardon, the mother of Taylor Crites, shared a post about her daughter saying she wants the public to know that “children are not immune” to COVID-19-related health issues.

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“COVID-19 is real. It’s not over. And what our family is enduring is absolutely terrifying.”

According to a Facebook post from Bardon, Taylor had a mild COVID-19 infection in June. She was positive for 3 1/2 weeks, and her side effects included loss of taste and smell. After testing negative, she returned to field hockey and was experiencing some chest pain and shortness of breath. Cardiologists said Taylor was having runs of Wenckebach, a second-degree heart block from COVID-19, Bardon said.

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Last week, Taylor began to feel sick during a family vacation. She had a fever, sore throat and developed a rash all over her body, Bardon said. An ER physician diagnosed her with MISC, an inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19. The syndrome usually targets younger patients.

Following treatment at the ICU, Taylor was sent home. However, doctors said she needed to return to the hospital immediately after testing positive for cerebral meningitis. On Monday, she will undergo treatment for the virus, which Bardon said took advantage of her immune system when it was weak.

Taylor is expected to be in the hospital for the next 12 days where we’re told she will receive antiviral medication through an IV.

Taylor’s mother set up a GoFundMe to help with her medical expenses. To donate, click here.

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