INDIANAPOLIS – A boy from Indiana is recovering after a mysterious illness has forced doctors to amputate the lower half of all four limbs. While his family was busy with the news, his mother wanted to free his little sister.
Two-year-old Jeremiah began to get a fever in late September. His family had played at Rhodius Park the day before. His mother, Ashley Cox, had just gone from maternity protection to her job when Jeremiah started to get a fever.
When his parents took him to the Riley Children's Hospital, his health rapidly decreased. Purple bruises began to cover his body in a few minutes.
"It's like blood vessels that are really torn in the body," said his father Nicholas Thompson to WXIN.
Thompson added that the doctors called it a purpura condition. As far as the cause of the symptom is concerned, this remains unknown. The doctors at the emergency room gave him an antibiotic that killed the disease and an easy way to determine the cause.
"If they would not give it to me, my boy would not be here," said Cox and Thompson "So Riley really saved our son."
Before the illness took its course, Jeremiah's limbs lost the pulse of damage. Doctors were forced to amputate all four limbs under his knees and elbows to save his life.
"Yes, this is going to be a very stressful time in our lives, but we have our son, and I'm grateful every day," said Thompson.
There is no timeline for when he can return home, but Jeremiah remains optimistic. His parents have three more children, but all they've told them is that he's in the hospital. His mother is glad that he stays strong, but the fear of recognizing life is different.