(CNN)Health officials in Europe and the United States have reported cases of a rare but serious new syndrome affecting children. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to doctors investigating the condition and to a young girl who has recovered from it.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's podcast for May 20
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MSNBC: Doctors are seeing an increase in what's being called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.
Jack McMorrow, 14-year-old patient: It felt like almost electricity or fire coursing through my veins.
CNN: It's been seen in children across Europe. It's been in at least 18 states now plus Washington, DC.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: In the last few months, health officials in Europe and the United States have begun looking into a new condition affecting children.
Children are showing up in hospitals with severe inflammation and poor function in some of their organs — including their kidneys and heart.
It's particularly surprising because in most cases these children were seemingly healthy without any underlying conditions before they developed this syndrome.
So, in this episode, I'm going to explore what we currently know about the new syndrome and how doctors are treating it, and also what it was actually like for one little girl and her family.
I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent. And this is "Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction."
Now, as a father myself, I want to start off by reassuring parents that this condition we're talking about today remains rare for the time being. To date, there have been fewer than 200 reported patients in the United States who doctors are still investigating.
The CDC [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is calling it multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C for short.
There is still a lot we're figuring out about it. Why are just some children getting sick? Why now, months into this pandemic? And what exactly is causing it?
One thing that many of them have in common is that they tested positive for Covid-19. Experts say it could be a post-viral syndrome. That means it may not be directly caused by Covid-19, but it could be a response by the patient's immune system.
To learn more about the symptoms and how the syndrome is treated, I reached out to 12-year-old Juliet Daly, one of the first patients treated for the syndrome in the United States.
I spoke to her and her father, Sean, from their home in Louisiana.
Sean Daly: Hello!
Juliet Daly: Hello!
Gupta: Juliet, let me start with you. When did you first start to not feel well?
Juliet: Well, it was about ... it was Friday. I woke up in the morning. My stomach started to hurt pretty bad. And it felt like my legs were weak and I was pretty tired.
Sean: So Friday she wasn't feeling well, but she sort of made it through the day. Sunday she was nauseous. She was throwing everything up, even water. And we became pretty concerned that day and sort of had that in our mind that if this continued through Monday, you know, we were gonna take her into the pediatrician.
So Monday came around. She started having blue lips and her extremities were cold. So that's when it was like, this is not a, you know, normal flu.
Gupta: So what do you do next?
Sean: So we called her pediatrician, and they talked to us on the phone. But then it sounded serious enough to bring her in. So we went in. He saw her very quickly, very quickly decided this is something different. You know, she's sicker than normal.