A 25-year-old New Jersey man is fighting for his life after a laboratory lost a test that showed he was positive for the coronavirus – delaying treatment, reports said.
Jack Allard, a two-time American lacrosse player, was placed in a medically induced coma at an Edison hospital after being tested for COVID-19, the WABC news station reported.
Her mother, Genny Allard, told Pix11 News that her son fell ill on March 13 when he started suffering from a high fever, back pain and vomiting.
“We thought he had a kidney infection,” she told the station.
His health deteriorated and he was placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit, where he was tested for coronavirus, WABC reported.
But the lab lost the test, which delayed its access to special experimental treatment by at least five days, the report said.
“My son is in good health, there are no pre-existing conditions and he is 25 years old. This virus is really dangerous and now it is very, very sick, “Genny told WABC.
Jack was finally flown to the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday for a clinical trial for the malaria drug Remdesivir.
“Remdesivir is one of the antivirals that have been shown to limit viral activity,” Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, professor of infectious diseases at Baylor College, told PIX11 News.
Genny said the ordeal of his otherwise healthy son revealed that “we are in uncharted waters around the world” with the pandemic.
“He never vaped, he never smoked,” the mother told WABC. “He took his health very seriously – I mean he is an athlete. ”