Covid-19 not only infects the respiratory system, compromising it. The case of Rebecca Wrixon, a British woman, living in London, worries doctors.
Wrixon, 44, with young children, was not very concerned about the possibility of contracting Covid-19.
Working babysitting for a couple of doctors in London. The elderly and people with chronic diseases being the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus, the British did not believe that the pathogen could seriously affect it.
However, one day in April, just after Easter, she woke up with an arm Asleep.
According to an interview with an American television station (CBS News), she found it difficult to control the television and could not feel her leg.
Wrixon and her husband thought it was a stroke and called the ambulance, but the tests ruled out that it was a stroke.
Consulting neurologist Ashwin Pinto, who was handling the woman's case, told the aforementioned television news outlet that he had all the indications of a stroke and even started difficult to talk.
When Wrixon's condition worsened a few days later, he was tested for covid-19, but more as a routine procedure for the pandemic, and no one expected what tested positive, especially since he did not have typical symptoms such as cough, fever, or respiratory difficulties, or even less common symptoms, such as loss of sense of smell or smell.
It turned out that Wrixon was infected with Covid-19. Despite the positive, there was no indication in his blood or cerebrospinal (cerebrospinal) fluid to suggest that the virus was directly attacking his central nervous system. Only magnetic resonance tomography showed that more than half of her brain was severely inflamed.
Back then, a woman was unable to move half of her body, see clearly, or communicate with doctors and her husband. The best neurologists did not understand what was happening to him and why this reaction of the organism was due. Wrixon herself thought she was going to die.
Then neurologist Pinto, who attended Rebecca's case for almost three weeks, recalled a study of a patient in Detroit whose autoimmune response to a Covid-19 infection had caused similar and also severe brain swelling, and decided to treat Wrixon not for a viral infection, but for a problem with the immune system.
Once the woman tested negative for coronavirus, Pinto began giving her high doses of steroids and transfuse blood plasma to replace your own plasma with antibodies that must fight infection with that of donors whose immune systems do not overreact to anything. In this way he sought to halt his body's aggressive response and alleviate inflammation, and he succeeded.
One day after the plasma transfusion, Wrixon was able to move a finger, and within five days he was able to get up and move. He was discharged more than two weeks after admission to the hospital, and has since made a full recovery. Three months later, Wrixon continues to have pain and numbness in his hand and sometimes has trouble speaking.
It is unknown to doctors how long these effects will last. This case proves that Covid-19, a disease that still keeps secrets, despite being extensively studied.