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    THE LITTRELLS IN OK! MAGAZINE

    Post by Gianna S. on Wed 07 Jan 2009, 11:20 pm

    The cover of the new OK Magazine issue features a picture of Brian & Baylee



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    There's also an article on their website:

    OK! Exclusive: Brian Littrell's Family Nightmare




    (Courtesy of the Littrell family)


    Former Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell and
    his wife, Leighanne, were confronted with the horror of an unknown
    disease, as their 6-year-old son, Baylee, broke out in a full-body rash
    in early December, with blisters in his throat and a 103-degree fever.
    After
    numerous tests and three misdiagnoses, the couple asked doctors to
    perform an echocardiogram, which showed damage to Baylee's coronary
    arteries. It was determined that Baylee suffered from atypical Kawasaki
    disease. He's been released from Atlanta's Scottish Rite Children's
    Hospital after receiving treatment, and now Brian and Leighanne are
    reaching out to other parents. "If you feel like something is wrong,
    follow our instinct," says Leighanne, who talks to OK! about the fight for her son's life.

    OK!: How is Baylee doing, now that he's home?
    Good. He is running around in his Batman costume, feeling so much better, and his attitude is fantastic.
    OK!!: When did he first get sick?
    Around
    his birthday, Nov. 26. He felt nauseous and had diarrhea. His grandpa
    also noticed his lymph nodes were a little swollen. Baylee wasn't
    running a fever, so we let him have his party. We went to the doctor,
    who diagnosed him with strep throat and put him on amoxicillin.
    OK!: But the symptoms didn't go away?
    We
    spent an early Christmas with Brian's family in Kentucky. On the way
    back home, Baylee had a fever of 103. We took him to the doctor, and he
    had blisters in his throat. He was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth
    disease, a viral illness that causes blisters. But he developed a rash
    on his body, and the doctors then thought he had erythema multiforme, a
    reaction to the amoxicillin. We got home, and the rash looked like a
    chemical burn; his eyes were swollen shut. We went straight to the
    emergency room.
    OK!: What were you thinking at this point?
    Well,
    you're frustrated. There is no way you can believe a doctor who is
    telling you to go home and this will go away on its own. But Baylee had
    said he had been feeling these little heart murmurs he calls them
    "heart sparks." So Brian and I wanted him to have an echocardiogram.
    The doctors rolled their eyes, like, "They're just being paranoid
    parents." But the results came back and showed damage to his coronary
    arteries, and inflammation. He was finally diagnosed with atypical
    Kawasaki disease.
    OK!: What's next for Baylee?
    We
    have to monitor his heart for six to eight weeks, until we know the
    IVIG has worked: It's the only shot to cure Kawasaki. The other day,
    Baylee said, "I just want to be normal, Mommy." Right now, he can't do
    a lot of cardiovascular activity, but he can practice his karate. He
    also has to stay away from people who are sick because his immune
    system is weak.
    OK!: What advice would you give other parents?
    Doctors
    don't know everything. They would never run an echocardiogram unless we
    insisted. We'd like to set up a fund for children who need extra
    medical testing, when insurance won't cover it. I hope our experience
    can help another family.

    Source: OK Magazine






    When Baylee Littrell, son of Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell and his wife
    Leighanne, he suffered rashes, a 103-degree fever, blisters in his
    throat, and went through three misdiagnoses before being diagnosed with
    Kawasaki disease. The 6-year-old is on his feet again, his mom tells
    OK!. "He is running around in his Batman costume, feeling so much
    better, and his attitude is fantastic," Leighanne says.




    Heart health has always been on the mind of the Littrells: Brian,
    pictured here with Baylee in July 2008, suffered from a congenital
    heart condition, and underwent open-heart surgery 10 years ago, and
    established the Brian Littrell Healthy Heart Club for Kids.




    Brian's fellow Backstreet Boys have been there for their friend and his
    family, Leighanne tells OK!. "I am overwhelmed by their support...
    Howie called first, and he was amazing. I think Howie and Brian have a
    little bond because they're both married now and they're both huge
    family people. And the other guys have called."




    Besides friends and family, even strangers have been supportive of the
    Littrells. "I've been crying for days because I keep getting these
    wonderful emails, " Leighanne reveals to OK!. "There are girls from
    Spain, Berlin, Germany, Canada, Japan and all over the United States
    that have written letters and emails and put us on prayer lists."




    As for why the Littrells have chosen to open up their story to fans,
    Leighanne says it's been a learning experience. "I truly want people to
    know and listen to your heart and your instinct and I want people to
    know how Baylee is. I'm honored to know people love my son."




    "Baylee has this angelic way about him," Leighanne tells OK! of her brave boy.





    "He was amazing," Leighanne says of Baylee's attitude throughout his
    whole ordeal. "He was absolutely amazing. He had been in the doctor a
    billion times and the hospital a billion times. He had all the doctors
    and all the nurses wrapped around his little finger and they love him."





    Leighanne's advice for parents after their family's ordeal? "Doctors
    don't know everything. They would never run an echocardiogram unless we
    insisted. We'd like to set up a fund for children who need extra
    medical testing, when insurance won't cover it. I hope our experience
    can help another family."


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