Update: Brian and Leighanne Littrell have updated Brian’s website with the condition of their 6-year-old-son, Baylee. We reported on Friday that Baylee was hospitalized and undergoing “treatment.” Baylee has now been diagnosed with A-Typical Kawasaki Disease, an inflammation of the arteries that typically afflicts children. Following is Brian’s latest website posting:
“On Saturday December 20, 2008, Baylee T W Littrell was released from Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. Before being admitted Baylee had been treated for or thought to have had strep throat, hand, foot, mouth disease and erythema multiforme. After receiving a biopsy, blood tests, an EKG and 2 echocardiograms, Baylee was finally diagnosed with A-Typical Kawasaki Disease. We would like to stress A-Typical because Baylee did not have text book symptoms of any of the viruses they thought he had.
Kawasaki Disease causes inflammation in the coronary arteries as well as the walls of the small and medium sized arteries throughout the body. Unfortunately, Baylee’s coronary arteries were affected. He received an IVIG, which is a treatment to bring down the inflammation in his coronary arteries. Baylee will be closely monitored for the next 6-8 weeks by a Pediatric Cardiologist to see if the treatment was effective.
We want to thank every one who prayed for us as well as all of the emails and phone calls. Your love and support means so much to our family. The Hospital Staff were absolutely amazing. They made an extremely difficult time in our lives as comfortable as possible. We are humbled by the love and compassion that people have for our son all over the world, thank you!
Brian and Leighanne Littrell”
Click below to read the original post regarding Baylee’s hospitalization…
“For those of you who do not know or have not heard, Baylee Littrell has been in the hospital for the past few days. He will be starting a treatment this afternoon and the Littrell family asks that all Backstreet Boys fans please remember him in prayer during this trying time. Every little prayer helps and every single prayer counts! Brian and Leighanne would also like to wish you all Happy Holidays and thank for your thoughts and prayers….More information will follow and we will definitely keep you all updated…..”
Incidentally, Brian was also sick as a child. At the age of 5, he took a tumble from his tricycle that his doctors later assumed signified the start of a bacterial infection that began circulating in his blood. The doctors told his parents to prepare for the worst. His recovery was a “miracle” according to his family.
Our thoughts are with the Littrell family.
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