The first signs of trouble were when 8 week old Kai nicked his face with his fingernail, as babies tend to do. The scratch refused to scab and heal, and other red specks started appearing on his face, like freckles. He didn’t have a fever, and was otherwise his usual 8 week old self.
We are forever indebted to our confinement nanny, whose instincts kicked in, and told us she didn’t know what Kai had, but that we had better take him to the pediatrician. The doctor took one look and said ‘get him warded right away. I’ll meet you at the hospital’. It turned out that those ‘freckles’ were capillaries bleeding under the skin, and the scratch wasn’t healing because his blood had lost its ability to coagulate. Kai was down with dengue fever.
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