Downs Syndrome Super Boy Tests Positive For COVID

Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

This three-year-old who suffers from Down’s Syndrome and is an online sensation known as ‘Super Boy’ with over 117,000 followers has now been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is in intensive care.

Little Francisco Guedes Bombini has gathered an army of online followers after being born prematurely and undergoing seven surgeries for kidney, heart and hypothyroidism.

Francisco’s mum Daniela, who lives in the city of Bauru in the southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has now confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.

CEN/@daniguedesbombini_superchico

She wrote online that Francisco had gone into hospital with abdominal pains and the level of oxygen in his blood then began fluctuating.

She said after a day his condition began improving but he underwent a COVID-19 test as part of the hospital’s protocol which came back positive.

Local media outlet Globo report the hospital confirmed Francisco “is admitted in the COVID-19 unit with a positive test, in intensive care, with oxygen to help him breathe and being fed through a tube.”

CEN/@daniguedesbombini_superchico

Mother Daniela wrote on social media: “Those who know us know we live each day as it comes, but right now we are living each minute or hour as they come! We are in isolation, only him and I in the COVID area of the hospital. Now we have a diagnosis, we are going to treat him and he is going to get better.”

His mother runs the ‘Super Boy’ social media pages where his story has touched thousands of followers, with Daniela showing that he always is always smiling even after complex surgeries.

His popularity was shown when he was admitted back into hospital a day before his first birthday and over 1,000 people then turned up outside his house for a birthday party which he followed on a video call from hospital, Globo report.

The ViralTab page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.

Alex Cope

I am a senior writer and editor of the Golders news agency specialising in sports news from around the world.