A teenager was left fighting for his life in intensive care after developing a rare syndrome brought on by coronavirus which inflamed all of his organs and gave him heart failure.
Zechariah Arredondo and three other members of his family were diagnosed with Covid-19 in August, with the 17-year-old going on to develop Multi Inflammatory Syndrome.
He was initially "cleared of any symptoms at all", said mum Rachelle, but within a month her son became gravely ill before being rushed to hospital.
"I was laying there and it felt like I was falling," said Zechariah, from Lubbock, Texas. "At one point, I thought I was dead."
He developed a fever which saw his temperature rocket to over 39C and also suffered from sickness and diarrhea before being diagnosed with MIS-C.
It is a syndrome found in children under 18 around three weeks after they contract coronavirus.
Rachelle told KAMC 6 she knew something "really wasn't right" with Zechariah before taking him to University Medical Center on October 2, where he spent five days in an ICU ward after suffering heart failure.
"Every single organ had inflammation in it," she said.
"They were all enlarged so the heart stopped because the heart couldn’t pump right."
"It’s kind of like a worst case scenario," Zechariah said, with his mum adding her son's survival was a "true miracle".
The teen has now returned home where he is taking part in virtual school lessons.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal (gut) pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired.
The US has seen over 8.7 million cases of coronavirus and 225,000 deaths.