Boy, 9, almost goes blind after catching ‘Covid eye’ just before Christmas

Boy, 9, almost goes blind after catching ‘Covid eye’ just before Christmas

A nine-year-old boy was forced to spend Christmas in hospital facing the prospect of going blind after catching ‘Covid eye’ – a rare side effect that experts have linked to coronavirus.

Zac Morey lost vision in his left eye less than a week after testing positive for Covid, with his eye almost completely closing up due to orbital cellulitis – a skin infection that some scientists have linked to the virus.

Zac, a Year 5 pupil from Bristol, has since fully recovered but his family have issued a warning.

Mum Angela, 37, said: “His eye looked like it was going to explode.

Zac, a Year 5 pupil from Bristol, has since fully recovered but his family have issued a warning
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Angela Morey / SWNS)

Zac had to spend Christmas in hospital
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Angela Morey / SWNS)

“There was no way he could open it without pulling the skin. It was swollen beyond anything I’ve ever seen.”

Zac’s eye problem started after he positive for Covid along with his mum and four siblings on December 16.

The youngster suffered cold-like symptoms and spent his self-isolation period playing computer games at home.

But on December 22 – when he twice tested negative for Covid – he developed pain in his left eye.

His mum thought his eye would “explode”
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Angela Morey / SWNS)

Angela, a local councillor, said: “I thought it just been on the computer for seven days solid so didn’t think anything of it.

“But by Christmas Eve it was not good at all. We took him to hospital and he was put on an antibiotic drip until Boxing Day.”

“They said if it goes too far into the eye then it can cause blindness.

“The doctors said it was an allergic reaction to the virus that affects children.”

Zac was discharged from hospital on Boxing Day after undergoing an eye test that confirmed his vision had fully recovered.

Zac Morey during Christmas Day in hospital
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Angela Morey / SWNS)

The World Health Organisation lists red and irritated eyes as an uncommon side effect of Covid-19, while various studies have linked orbital cellulitis and coronavirus.

His story comes as the UK recorded another record-breaking day of new infections as Omicron sweeps across the UK.

Boris Johnson has refused to back new lockdown curbs, saying England will “ride out the Omicron wave” sweeping Britain without new restrictions.

Zac’s eye problem started after he positive for Covid along with his mum and four siblings on December 16
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Angela Morey / SWNS)

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference today, the Prime Minister said claims the pandemic was over are “profoundly wrong” despite daily cases climbing to 218,724.

But he squarely rejected calls for the Government to go beyond ‘Plan B’ restrictions, saying lockdowns were “not cost free for lives, for livelihoods and for life chances”.

The PM, who promised to do whatever it takes to stop the NHS being overwhelmed, admitted “different trusts in different places will at times feel temporarily overwhelmed”.

A fully recovered Zac Morey with his mum Angela
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Angela Morey / SWNS)

Thankfully the effects are not long lasting
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Angela Morey / SWNS)

But when asked about fresh rules he said he “clearly can’t rule anything out”, adding: “And to be absolutely frank with you I think it depends on whether the virus will behave in the way perhaps it’s behaved in South Africa – whether it peaks, how quickly it blows through.

“But if you asked me to guess, I would say we have a good chance of getting through the Omicron wave without the need for further restrictions and without the need certainly for a lockdown.”

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