No parent ever wants to take their child to the hospital — whether it’s for something routine, like the flu, or something more serious, like a broken bone or infection. When this mom took her little boy to the hospital, she thought it was the latter, and she was understandably worried. With no answers and no treatment plan, things went from bad to worse when they learned that the original diagnosis wasn’t accurate, and the little boy would actually be in for the fight of his life.
Though much of this story is hard to process (and be warned of the graphic imagery ahead), there is light at the end of the tunnel. Find out what happened to little Zachary, and how the doctors eventually figured out how to treat his rare condition, in the story below. Make sure to read until the end, because what Zachary had to say about the experience will send a chill down your spine.
When Mandy Suzanne Smith picked her son Zachary up from school, she immediately knew something was wrong.
At first, Zachary was complaining of a rash on his foot, and that his eyes were itchy. By the next day, it was all over his entire body.
Then, he started to run a fever.
Smith wasn’t sure what was going on, but she knew Zachary was getting worse by the minute.
At first, doctors weren’t sure what was going on.
They thought he had some kind of viral infection that was causing the rash and fever, but the medicine didn’t work.
Over time, they realized something far worse was going on.
They discovered Zachary had They discovered that Zachary had SJS, otherwise known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
Warning: The photo below is extremely graphic.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder of your skin and mucous membranes. It’s usually a reaction to a medication or an infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters. Then the top layer of the affected skin dies and sheds.”
Treatment of Zachary became a serious emergency.
The doctors put him in a medically induced coma to remove the top layer of infected skin. They then wrapped him in a material called biobrane, which covers the body and allows new skin to form underneath. Doctors were unsure if he’d survive, and all his mother could do was pray.
Luckily, young Zachary was a fighter.
He made it out of surgery and worked towards a full recovery. Most surprisingly, it seems that Zachary had an encounter with the divine.
Zachary told his parents that while he was in his coma, an angel held him in his arms, and that he had also seen his grandmother, who’d recently passed. It was their reassurance that got him through.
Though it’s hard to know exactly what happened to this poor child while he was in his coma, it’s a reminder that with a little bit of faith in whatever you believe, all things are possible.