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Medical mystery: Toddler’s critical illness stumping doctors

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The flu is taking hold across the country, causing many patients to feel under the weather.

However, doctors in Iowa say a simple case of the flu has resulted in a medical mystery for a 2-year-old boy.

Liam Young is just 2-years-old, but has already undergone several surgeries.

In October, Liam’s father took him to Dubuque-Finley hospital because he thought his son had the flu.

“By Saturday, he didn’t get any better so I took him to the emergency room, the Finley hospital in Dubuque,” Chris Young, Liam’s dad, said, choking up before he could finish his thought.

The boy’s condition quickly declined and he was flown to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital for treatment.

“First thing the doctor told me is, he is critically ill. They gotta get him to Iowa City and they have a helicopter coming to pick him up,” Young told KWWL.

According to the family’s GoFundMe page, Liam had to be placed in a medically-induced coma and put on a ventilator.

Doctors told Liam’s parents that he got the flu and his immune system didn’t know how to respond to it, so it started attacking his body.

However, they aren’t sure exactly what is behind the issues.

Liam had to undergo surgery to amputate all of his fingers and all of his toes.

Now, his family is hoping doctors can find a diagnosis soon.