Boy, 11, can’t eat anything as all food tastes like ‘sewage and rotten…

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A mum who began to worry when her son who had coronavirus nevertheless hasn’t got his regular taste buds back and said everything he eats tastes like ‘sewage and rotten eggs.”

11-year-old Malisee tested positive for Covid-19 on September 20 and began his 10 days of isolation, Liverpool Echo reports.

His mum Dawn Kafi went on to show that despite initially having no symptoms and feeling quite well, Malisse suddenly lost his taste and smell and everything was making him vomit.

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She has no choice but to seek specialized help because at one point she thought he was going to die.

In a recent interview Dawn, from Liverpool, said : “He started saying food was off and it continued. I cooked all his favourite foods but he said everything smelt.

“He said food tasted like sewage and poo and water tasted like rotten eggs and he would keep throwing up.

“It wasn’t just food. It was supermarkets, the smell of cars going past it all made him retch. I didn’t know what to do or what it was.

“I stopped cooking so there were no unpleasant smells in the air and we tried everything to get him to eat.

“He’d been really good with Covid, he had no symptoms and he always wore his disguise because his brother is severely disabled and he kept everyone safe, but all of a sudden he just stopped eating.

“He would look at it and start gagging. He couldn’t cope with the smells and physically couldn’t eat. We couldn’t go to the supermarket, it was horrendous.”

Worried mum Dawn went on to explain how she contacted ENT at Alder Hey after her son was nevertheless “tired and cold all the time” despite finishing his isolation. He was diagnosed with parosmia and gave him a steroid nasal spray.

Despite being told he was fine on November 1 he became so poorly that he could not stand properly and was slurring his words so he was taken to A&E and admitted as an inpatient.

Mum worried when son can’t eat because food tastes like ‘sewage and rotten eggs’
(Image: Dawn Kafi)

He hadn’t eaten his food for weeks and lost lost 2kg of weight in the space of two days and now weighs 42kg despite always being a “chubby” boy.

Dawn said it was ‘heart-breaking’ seeing her son deteriorate and was worried at one point ‘he would die’ if action was not taken.

After ten days in the hospital and no improvement, a decision was made to put Malissa on an NG tube, almost 50 days after the initial concern.

The NHS website states that a change in taste and smell can be caused by a viral infection, which Dawn says came after Malisse’s positive Covid test.

Parosmia can consequence in strong odours and phantom smells which can become overpowering.

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