Why every parent MUST know about Dengue Shock Syndrome that killed 7-year-old Gurgaon girl Adya

Adya was admitted to Fortis hospital with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and her condition deteriorated in the next 48 hours.

It goes without saying that the death of a seven-year-old girl Gurgaon girl Adya from Dengue has shocked the nation!

But while everyone talked about how the family was made to pay rupees 16 lakh for their daughter’s treatment, what also needs our attention as parents, and otherwise also in general, is the fact that dengue is not your usual everyday ailment. Read how Adya’s family was charged exorbitant amounts of money for her dengue treatment by clicking on this link.

Adya’s case clearly shows that even though it has become common now, dengue can become fatal if the right treatment and precautions are not taken and at the right time.

Dengue Shock Syndrome: What exactly happened to Adya

Adya was admitted to Fortis Gurgaon on August 31 after the doctors at Rockland hospital Gurgaon, where the girl was taken for initial treatment, suggested them to take her to a bigger hospital for better treatment.

After an initial treatment of intravenous fluids, Adya was put on mechanical ventilation and intubated as the platelet count was deteriorating. She was on life support for 10 days and that’s when the parents were asked to pay exorbitant amounts of money.

“On September 14, when an MRI was finally conducted and it revealed extensive damage to the brain, the doctors gave up. We decided to then take her to another hospital but doctors refused to even facilitate an ambulance,” the family said.

Fortis, however, stated in a press release that Adya was diagnosed with Dengue Shock Syndrome.

“She was admitted with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations,” said the release.

What is Dengue Shock Syndrome?

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As the numbers of this deadly fever rise most parents have become extra-cautious. Have you?

If Dengue fever is not treated rightfully, the fever can progress into Dengue Shock Syndrome that can be fatal for your child.

Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) is the last stage of severe dengue also known as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) and needs prompt medical attention.

The condition affects the affects blood and lymph vessels and can ultimately lead to the failure of the circulatory system if not treated on time. When the circulatory system fails, the body starts bleeding and in a way goes into shock, which is why it is known as Dengue Shock Syndrome.

Signs and Symptoms

Dengue hemorrhagic fever usually starts off as your normal dengue fever only. However, the symptoms are only visible once the fever starts reducing and that’s when other signs and symptoms start to trigger.

The Mayo Clinic states that most people recover within a week or so. In some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. Blood vessels often become damaged and leaky. And the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your bloodstream drops.

Once the patient enters DSS, the condition could be fatal if not treated with 24 hours. Signs and symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever or severe dengue are:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Bleeding from your gums or nose
  • Blood in your urine, stools or vomit
  • Bleeding under the skin, which might look like bruising
  • Difficult or rapid breathing
  • Cold or clammy skin (shock)
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability or restlessness

Who’s at risk?

People who have been diagnosed with dengue earlier and those who have a weak immune system, are generally more at risk.

Other factors that increase your risk are having other lifelong diseases such as asthma, sickle cell anaemia, and diabetes mellitus.

Also note that there is no cure for Dengue Shock Syndrome, which is why it is all the more important that the condition be properly monitored to prevent failure of the circulatory system.

Read: How I am protecting my child from the Dengue outbreak