Chicago girl, 4, diagnosed with ‘mystery’ syndrome linked to COVID-19 released from hospital

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CHICAGO — A young Chicago girl who was among the first in the area to be diagnosed with the “mystery” syndrome linked to COVID-19 has been released from the hospital, according to a news release from Advocate Aurora Health.

Amelia Ateca, 4, was discharged from Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge Friday after being diagnosed in early May with the pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, earlier referred to as the “mystery” syndrome linked to COVID-19.

She’s going home just in time for her fifth birthday this weekend.

Ateca’s symptoms — a fever and gastrointestinal issues — sent her to the hospital in late April. After getting progressively worse, she was diagnosed with the syndrome and spent seven days on a ventilator before recovering.

Ateca’s parents, as well as a younger daughter, have all tested positive for COVID antibodies — suggesting the family unknowingly had the virus earlier in the year.

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