(NEW YORK POST) – A distraught father has shared a heartbreaking photo of his 5-year-old girl, who is fighting for her life with Kawasaki disease after recovering from the coronavirus, according to a report.
British dad Piers Roberts said Scarlett, who beat a mild form of COVID-19 several weeks ago, is now in intensive care with the life-threatening, inflammatory illness, the UK’s Mirror reported.
Roberts said his daughter has been given only a 20 percent chance of survival from the disease, which is believed to be a reaction to the coronavirus.
He said Scarlett — who apparently contracted COVID-19 in school before a lockdown — was “fit and well” six weeks before she suffered multi-organ failure.
Roberts’ great-aunt June also shared the image of the 5-year-old hooked up to a ventilator.
“This is my five-year-old great niece. She was fit and healthy until a mild bout of Covid-19 five weeks ago from which she appeared to recover,” she said on Twitter.
“She is now in ICU with a Kawasaki inflammatory response. She is off the ventilator but has developed heart problems,” she added.
In an update, June said: “She’s had to go to theatre to have a second line put in. Her heart is doing scary things. Her mum says it’s a routine procedure and should make the next few days easier for her.”
Scarlett’s dad, a teacher, also said he was “appalled” at plans to reopen schools on June 1.
“I want to get back to face to face teaching. However, I don’t want my daughter as an experiment. The torture is real,” he said, according to the Mirror.
In an open letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, Roberts said schools may be labeled as “death camps.”
“As expected I know you have not cast an eye on my letters, emails etc. and they likely have not even made it past a secretary; I also am aware you have no intention of considering the individual in any way, shape or form,” he wrote in the scathing letter.
“So, in due course you will see the consequences of these decisions. Schools may well be labelled as death camps in time and instead of PPE you could consider providing teachers with some form of commandant uniform as your exit strategy is to blame whatever public group you can – I suppose that way we would at least appear to ‘know our duty.’
“Please continue to scapegoat us. Please continue to keep your party line amidst intentional ignoring of emerging science.
“If your boss is going to label a global pandemic as a ‘war’ and you want to effectively put our young people in perilous danger (now very much evidence based) whilst vilifying our profession, then that is a war crime right there and a human rights catastrophe,” he wrote.