Seemingly Harmless Rash, Leaves Baby Fighting For His Life – 3%

Seemingly Harmless Rash, Leaves Baby Fighting For His Life

After Normal Looking Rash Turns Into Baby Fighting For His Life


Anyone who is the parent of a toddler, knows about rashes. They seem to pop up on the bums and bellies just about every other week, starting as early as three months. As a child gets into his/her toddler years, rashes seem to be stimulated by nearly anything, including heat, allergies and diaper or clothing sensitivities. The more experience a parent has, the more capable they are to be able to diagnose a minor rash in the privacy of their own home, without having the burden of a weekly trip to the doctor’s office.

But, some rashes are not to be messed with. Mom and Australian resident, La Vonne Palmer, knew that the rash that she spotted on her toddler one morning, wasn’t an ordinary one and further action needed to be taken. Unlike the red blotches that are fairly normal when associated with a rash, her son Eli had black round spots on his legs. When she confirmed that the mysterious spots were accompanied by a fever, Palmer knew it was best to see a doctor. Hoping that the doctors would asses the spots and say it was some minor form of a rash, Palmer took her son in right away. And it was good that she did, because if she had waited any longer, Eli may not be alive today.

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Doctors didn’t take the rash lightly and admitted the boy to the emergency room right away, just as the rash started to worsen and the mysterious black spots began to spread from his legs to his fingers. It didn’t take long for the experts to figure out that the boy had Meningococcal disease. The disease, if untreated, can lead to death within hours.

Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningococcus.  While the disease is vaccine-preventable, the mortality rate is said to be high if it is untreated. The widespread blood infection can result in sepsis, which is a more damaging and dangerous condition. Meningitis is a major causes of illness, death, and disability in both developed and under-developed countries and there are approximately 2,600 cases of bacterial meningitis every year in the United States. The disease has the potential to invade the blood stream, and the entire body but it mostly affects the limbs and brain, causing serious illness. And while it is not nearly as contagious as a cold, meningitis can be transmitted through saliva and through general, prolonged contact with a person who is infected with the disease. If limbs get infected without rapid treatment, there may be cause for amputation.

Luckily Eli received treatment in the nick of time, and he has been stabilized as he continues to fight for his life.



Palmer is so grateful that she got her son to the hospital in time and she is spreading the word about her story, in hopes of alerting other parents to the deadly rash. She warns parents to not take rashes lightly, especially if they are associated with nausea, vomiting, irritation around bright lights, drowsiness and joint pain.

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