Her Son’s Red Eyes & Chapped Lips Wouldn’t Go Away. Then His Hands And Feet Started to Swell…

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When Nicky Green’s 12-year-old son, Finley, looked her in the eyes, she knew something wasn’t right.

According to Metro, Finley complained of tiredness, aching limbs, a constant fever, along with cracked lips and red eyes.

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Doctors were left scratching their heads for over a week, wondering just what this young boy was sick with.

After fearing his appendix was infected, doctors removed it as a precautionary measure. But it wasn’t his appendix that was making him ill, it was something much more serious.

The Daily Echo reports Finley was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune syndrome, known as Kawasaki disease.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Kawasaki is a rare illness with no known cause, only affecting between 9-19 in every 100,000 U.S. children each year. While Finley is about 7 years older than the children who normally have the disease, their symptoms are still the same:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
  • Irritation and redness of the whites of the eyes
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck
  • Irritation and inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat

Nicky is warning other parents to be on the lookout for these symptoms, which can easily be mistaken for other less serious illnesses.

“It is important to diagnose this as soon as possible,” she explains to Daily Echo. “Fin has a couple of medium sized aneurysms and one large one, but if his illness was identified sooner that might not be the case.”

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While the Mayo Clinic says only a small portion of kids who have Kawasaki disease have lasting heart damage, the illness is a leading cause of acquired heart disease in children.

The boy who once played sports is sticking to his studies and less strenuous activities instead, per doctor’s orders.

“I liked the sports curriculum and managed to get in the top class, but this has sucked the fun out of it,” he says.

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The understandably life-changing incident has spurred Finley’s family to become champions for those affected by Kawasaki disease. They’re encouraging everyone they know to donate to Kawasaki Disease Research, committed to finding a cause, a cure and hopefully creating tests to catch it early on.

According to Metro, the young boy’s heart probably won’t make a full recovery, but he’s currently out of the hospital and feeling much better.