Natasha Durling knew something was wrong with her son, Oliver, she just didn't know what. Doctors were also puzzled after checking Oliver, but they told Durling it was a virus.
Durling gave Oliver Tylenol and Benadryl for his pain, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and sore muscles, according to the Daily Mail, but it did little to ease his symptoms.
Oliver progressively got worse, with more symptoms beginning to show. The little boy stopped eating and drinking, his eyes became bloodshot, and a rash broke out on his face and neck.
Told to take her son to the doctor if his fever lasted for more than five days, Durling rushed her son to the hospital when his condition continued to worsen. Upon arrival, a nurse quarantined him, suspecting he had measles.
According to Durling's Facebook post, a doctor determined that Oliver didn't have measles because he had his vaccinations and showed no signs associated with the illness.
The mother was told to go home and bring him back if he got worse. As time went on, Oliver became unable to get out of bed; he told his mom he thought he was dying.
Natasha returned to the hospital only to be told, again, that it wasn't measles and to keep giving him Tylenol and Benadryl and go home. The mom said:
At this point, I loose [sic] my sh*t. I demand that he gets, at the very least, blood work done and get some fluids into his obviously dehydrated body! The doctor was hesitant, so I demand to see a pediatrician immediately!
After some humming and hawing and getting me calmed down, they finally get Oliver a pediatrician.
The pediatrician decided to test Oliver for measles even though he was vaccinated and didn't have sores in his mouth. Because of his dehydration, Oliver was given an IV after his blood work was completed.
Then suddenly, Oliver screamed that he couldn't see, became stiff, and collapsed into his mother's arms.
The boy was rushed to the ICU, where doctors determined he had Kawasaki disease, an inflammation of the blood vessels that affects the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart.
The disease also affects the lymph nodes, skin, nose, throat, and the mucous membranes inside the mouth, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Symptoms of the disease progress in phases. The first phase includes high fever; rash; red eyes; red, dry, cracked lips; red, swollen tongue; swollen lymph nodes; and swollen, red skin on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
The second phase symptoms include peeling skin on the hands and feet, joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
Kawasaki disease is normally treatable, and most children recover without any serious problems.
Oliver received blood infusions after his illness was diagnosed and was feeling better by the next day; the fever went down, and the rash disappeared.
At that point, doctors were ready to release him, but Durling insisted he stayed in the hospital.
And she's lucky they stayed — a nurse rushed to tell her Oliver also tested positive for measles. Durling said:
Ollie is the ONLY know [sic] case of contracting measles while having all his up to date immunizations, and Kawasaki disease at the same time. I have one strong, brave little man! I couldn't be more proud of him!
The mother once again fought to keep her son in the hospital until all of his tests came back normal and wants other parents to do the same for their children.
Trust your gut mom's and dad's. Fight for your kids if something doesn't seem right! We know our kid's [sic], so don't take no for an answer.
Durling also thanked vaccinations for saving her son's life:
If Oliver didn't have his vaccinations, he would be dead right now. The vaccines lessened the severity of the measles while his body ALSO fought the Kawasaki disease.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to help the family while Oliver is on the road to recovery.