Kent student reveals how an extreme reaction to Covid-19 almost killed him

Oliver Pratt is now back at home with his family Credit: ITV Meridian

A university student from Kent has described how he had Covid-19 with no symptoms, but then suffered a terrifying reaction to the disease that almost killed him.

Oliver Pratt from Seabrook near Hythe experienced a rare, extreme, inflammatory response to the virus. His family says the relaxation of social distancing, expected to be announced tomorrow, should be treated with caution.

Oliver Pratt returned to his home in Seabrook, almost three weeks after he was rushed to hospital because of his body's extreme reaction to Covid-19.

He had not had all the usual coronavirus symptoms, but a rash on his arms and legs, as well as a temperature, and he was vomiting blood.

Oliver Pratt had an extreme reaction to Covid-19 Credit: ITV Meridian
  • Oliver Pratt

Oliver was moved to intensive care at the William Harvey in Ashford, and diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome - a rare condition that can affect young patients.

Oliver was rushed to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford Credit: ITV Meridian
  • Caroline & Jonathan Pratt, Oliver's parents

Oliver's immune system had fought off coronavirus without any symptoms. But was now attacking himself. He spent several days on life support at St Thomas's.

"We've been led to believe that only people with underlying health conditions could end up seriously ill.

Caroline Pratt, Oliver's mother
Oliver's family are concerned about the relaxation of social distancing restrictions Credit: ITV Meridian

Now Oliver is back home with his family, but they are concerned about the relaxation of restrictions.

A warning his whole family want us to remember, as we move out of lockdown.