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Local child suffers from toxic shock like syndrome that health experts are studying amid pandemic

Medical professionals believe that a Steuben County child is the first to be diagnosed with pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome.

It’s the newly-discovered disorder that is potentially connected to the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.

The family is back at home now, but that didn’t mean there were some uncertain moments at the hospital.

It started as Bobby not being able to keep food or fluids down. He was throwing up.

Over the next 48 hours his condition worsened until he was in excruciating pain on Tuesday.

He tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed into the Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“It’s not easy to have your kid hooked up to machines,” Amber, his mother, told News10NBC. “It’s been pretty much a rollercoaster, the first half of it was all concern for him because we did have a lot of emotion and concern as to whether he was going to pull through.”

A few days later he tested negative for the virus, but was still in tough shape. Doctors say the symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.

They don’t have any solid indicators of what causes it, but have noticed it in some children.

Check out more of the family’s journey by visiting News10NBC.com.