Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) is a disorder that usually occurs when an infection in the digestive system produces toxic substances that destroy red blood cells, causing kidney injury and sometimes kidney failure.
Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) often occurs after a gastrointestinal infection with E. coli bacteria (Escherichia coli O157:H7). However, the condition has also been linked to other gastrointestinal infections, including shigella and salmonella, as well as non-gastrointestinal infections.
HUS is most common in children. It is the most common cause of acute kidney failure in children.
Other risk factors for HUS are unknown, although some cases are due to a familial form of the disease. HUS may occur with a variety of other diseases and infections, and after taking certain medications .
Jaxx’s mom, Christi says, “We are not sure how Jaxx got this disease, but because of it we had to do a plasma exchange and one 24 hour round of dialysis. To do this they had to insert a vascalf which is like an iv only inserted into a main artery . It has a place for the blood to be taken out , new plasma put back into the blood and a line that goes back into the body. The vascalf somehow clipped his heart. Blood and liquid began to fill up in the sack that surrounds the heart which put pressure on it and tried to stop it. After the repair of the heart he had to have a line to drain the blood and liquid. Taking the vasculf out caused a blood clot to form in his neck. He is now taking a shot to thin his blood to break up the blood clot. That is where we are today. Long chain of bad events but it was all necessary to make my baby get well.”