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Toddler survives COVID-19 after 106 fever, parents say

Sarah Rahal, The Detroit News on

Published in Health & Fitness

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- They didn't believe the thermometer's bright red screen: 106.5 degrees.

Amanda May and Ryan Schreiber were staring at their precious blond, blue-eyed 1-year-old boy in shock.

Then they began to panic.

"Give me your forehead," Amanda May demanded of Ryan. "I promise you we checked it 10 times using two different thermometers and checking it on ourselves, too."

Ryan was 98 degrees. She was 97. But Luke ... "Luke was 106.5!" Amanda May said.

The Farmington Hills couple recounted the ordeal from last month to The Detroit News as a cautionary tale about the novel coronavirus.


They say they'll never forget it. The family had just been watching "Frozen" -- again -- in their living room on an ordinary Tuesday. Then Luke's fever spiked, and they were frantically headed to the emergency room.

"He looked like he was passing out, I'm doing songs and acting crazy in the car and he just wasn't responsive," said Amanda May, 31.

"It was one of the scariest moments of my life."

The couple had been checking their two sons' temperatures daily since the family began quarantining on March 13 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. On this particular Tuesday, both 22-month-old Luke and his 4-month-old brother, Alistair, had slight fevers.


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