Sick “bunker children” relocated to the MHH in Hanover

Sick “bunker children” relocated to the MHH in Hanover

Flu symptoms also in the siblings of the deceased girl
An eight-year-old girl died on Easter Monday night after a virus flu. Since the family lives in a converted bunker on an old military site, poisoning from contaminated military sites could not be ruled out at first. Flu-like symptoms have now also appeared in the girl's siblings, two of them are apparently in critical condition, according to a report by the "Bild-Zeitung". Doctors at the Medical University of Hanover (MHH) are currently fighting for the lives of children.

Family lives on former military site
An eight-year-old girl died in the University Hospital Essen on Easter Monday. Five days earlier, according to the news broadcaster “n-tv”, the child with severe flu symptoms was first taken to the hospital in Geldern and transferred to Essen on Easter Sunday. The cause of death initially remained unclear. As the family lives in a converted ammunition bunker on a former military site ("Traberpark Den Heyberg"), it could not be excluded that the child died from toxic substances. Because until 1974 the British armed forces had deposited ammunition on the site, later it was used by the Bundeswehr. From 2010, some of the bunkers were converted into holiday homes and houses, and there are also restaurants and playgrounds. The authorities immediately had the place of residence in Kevelaer examined, but the samples showed no evidence of such a burden.

Rare disease destroys muscle fibers
The girl's postmortem finally revealed the so-called "rhabdomyolysis" as the cause of death. This is a rare disease in which the striated muscles (heart and skeletal muscles) dissolve in the body. This releases a large amount of the muscle protein myoglobin, which can reach the kidneys via the bloodstream and cause severe damage there. Rhabdomyolysis can cause e.g. a muscle injury, autoimmune disease, or muscle inflammation. Likewise, e.g. various metabolic disorders, viral infections and certain medications are considered triggers. The fact that the deceased girl was believed to have been caused by a normally relatively harmless flu ("Influenza B") was probably due to a genetic predisposition, the "Bild" continued.

Two siblings are in critical condition
Now this danger may also exist for the siblings of the deceased eight-year-old. The other children in the family also showed flu-like symptoms after the sister's death, and the "influenza B" pathogen was also detected in them. According to the report, two girls between the ages of six and seven were transferred to the Hannover Medical School (MHH) on Tuesday due to their critical condition with a rescue helicopter. This has the largest child intensive care unit in Germany. "Our specialists have treatment methods available to react to the complex clinical picture," press spokesman Stefan Zorn is quoted by the newspaper. The two youngest children and the mother, however, have already been able to leave the Kevelaer hospital. (No)

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