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Father shares image of his daughter with Kawasaki disease and warns against reopening schools.

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

Father shares image of his daughter, 5, in hospital with deadly Kawasaki disease and warns against reopening schools - but WHO chief scientist insists there's NO clear link between coronavirus and 'rare' syndrome

Scarlett Nicholas, five, contracted coronavirus shortly before lockdown started. 

She then fell ill with Kawasaki disease and was given 20 per cent survival chance.

Stepfather Piers Roberts says Scarlett's battle is warning not to reopen schools.

A teacher has shared a photo of his five-year-old daughter fighting for her life in hospital with Kawasaki disease just five weeks after she beat coronavirus. Piers Roberts, from Wakefield, Yorkshire, said his stepdaughter Scarlett's battle with the diseases was a warning to the government against reopening schools, after Boris Johnson announced some would be reopened from June 1. Mr Roberts said his family have been left 'broken' after Scarlett suddenly fell ill and contracted Kawasaki disease, with the schoolgirl given just a 20 per cent chance of survival. He added that Scarlett - known to the family as 'Moo' - caught coronavirus in school before the lockdown and he now warns that reopening schools would turn them into 'deaths camps' for children. 

However, the World Health Organisation's chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan insisted today that there was still no clear link between coronavirus and the rare disease.

Symptoms of Kawasaki disease include swollen blood vessels, fever, rash, red eyes, dry or cracked lips or mouth, redness in the palms and on the soles of the feet, and swollen glands.  

Scarlett was 'fit and well' for six weeks before suddenly suffering multi organ failure and being rushed unto hospital, her father added.

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain today, he said: 'We understand that it's a link to the coronavirus we're not sure what that is fully, we hope with all our minds that its a rare one. In order to raise some awareness and improve the trust we need to know if this is a complication that's maybe more prevalent then we're told at the moment.

'It's the worst situation I've been put in, my pain pails in comparison to her mother's whose at her bedside.

"We need trust, these situations might be a rare complication, but it doesn't help the trust of parents putting kids back in schools it doesn't help teachers"
'That trust needs to be there, if it's a rare complication that's good but we must stay informed so other people do not have to go through this torturous time."

Scarlett's devastated mother Naomi has posted updates about her battle with the illness on Facebook. 


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