Quick diagnosis by doctors at Kaplan Hospital in Rechovot was credited, Tuesday, in saving the life of three-year-old Liav Muallem, who was brought to the hospital Saturday night with a fever of 41.6Celsius/106.88Fahrenheit, convulsions and loss of consciousness, as well as skin hemorrhages that did not disappear at the touch of a finger. Samples taken from the rash revealed that it was meningococal, meaning that it could lead to meningitis and possible death. Liav received intravenal antibiotic treatment in an isolation room within the intensive-care unit. The Kaplan medical staff and other children at his nursery received preventative treatment.
Liav's parents had begun to treat him with temperature-reducing drugs when he began to tremble and was feverish. They called for an ambulance when the conditions grew more severe. Dr. Eli Shapiro, deputy manager of the pediatric intensive-care unit, said doctors were able to breathe a sigh of relief after 24 hours of treatment and close monitoring. He told parents to call for help at the signs of high fever and rash.