A Michigan toddler who survived the CCP virus after battling weeks of excessively high fever is a real-life example of how the pandemic is affecting children.
Parents Ryan and Amanda Schreiber, of Farmington Hills, had been in agony since their 22-month-old son Luke registered temperatures up to 107.1 degrees Fahrenheit (41.3 degrees Celsius). Now, the Schreibers are warning other parents that no child is too young to be harmed by the disease.
Amanda told The Epoch Times in a Facebook message that Luke is recovering after his long battle with the virus.
“Luke has his first fever-free day in 21 days [on April 22]!” Amanda said. “I still have a 101 temperature with breathing issues I am working through. We are very lucky.”
On March 31, 2020, Luke’s temperature suddenly skyrocketed. The child struggled with a high fever that ranged between 107 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit (42 and 40 degrees Celsius), until his distraught parents took him to Beaumont Hospital, reported MLive.
“It’s just the lingering fever. It’s unbelievable,” mom Amanda told the outlet. “It goes away and comes right back.”
The Schreibers had been carefully following the state’s guidelines about social distancing and were shocked when Luke’s temperature dramatically increased. At first, the young parents could hardly believe the numbers his thermometer was showing.
“I took it about 10 more times to make sure it was registering correctly,” the 31-year-old mom said. “I also checked my temperature and my husband’s and we were normal. I even got another thermometer out and [Luke] was at 106.4.”
Dad Ryan, 35, said that they were really scared as everything “happened really quickly,” reported The Detroit News. With Luke showing no signs of improvement, Amanda drove him to the hospital, while Ryan stayed with their 4-month-old son, Alistair, at home.
As all signs pointed to their son being COVID-positive, Ryan said he felt a “sense of helplessness” seeing his child suffering like that. The doctors confirmed Luke had COVID-19. After bringing his temperature down, they decided to discharge the little boy, insisting that his chances of recovery were better at home than at a facility where he might be exposed to other viruses, such as the flu.
It turned out that the Schreibers made it to the hospital in the nick of time; the doctors told them that Luke was at a “risk for seizure and brain damage” due to his dangerously high fever.
However, bringing Luke back home hasn’t been the end of the COVID struggle in the Schreiber house. The family is still battling the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. Luke’s fever continued for nearly two weeks after his discharge from the hospital before he had his first fever-free day. Meanwhile, his parents and 4-month-old brother have had symptoms of low blood oxygen, tightness in the chest, low energy, and high temperatures.
Since the scary episode, Amanda and Ryan have been trying to warn other parents to be on guard and stay at home. Dad Ryan told Detroit News that the whole affair opened their eyes to just how contagious the virus is.
“It’s important to stay vigilant,” Ryan said. “We thought we were doing everything that we could to prevent it. We were washing surfaces, we were cleaning hands, leaving mail and packages in the garage, and Luke still got it.”
“[D]on’t be selfish,” wrote Amanda in her Facebook post, advising people who are protesting the extended length of government restrictions. “Those ‘deaths’ at the bottom of your TV are PEOPLE who have loved ones and family.”
“Public Safety and human lives are more important than your business… it’s temporary! Over time business will be booming again. […] Take a seat, be patient, pray, let the experts take the wheel on this one,” she added.