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An Ohio family has gathered around their toddler, who fell dangerously ill while returning from a vacation in the United States Walt Disney World Resortand his family encourages others to pay attention to their children’s symptoms and follow their instincts.

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The Jackson family lives 35 miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio in a town called Middleton and the past few weeks have been extremely challenging and emotional for them. Their two-year-old son, Wilder, fell ill after Mickey and the gang’s family returned, developed a fever, and eventually tested positive for the flu. His infection seemed to run its course and he soon recovered.

At least that’s what his parents thought.

PHOTO: Wilder Jackson, 2, sleeps at Dayton Children's Hospital while recovering from three viruses in Dayton, Ohio in October 2022.

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But Wilder got a fever again. His mother and father gave him Motrin and Tylenol to make him feel better. The fever subsided only to return, and this routine lasted nearly six weeks. On Friday night, Wilder’s fever rose to 103, by which time his parents raced him to the emergency room at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, where doctors told his mother Ciara, “It’s just a virus.”

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“They took his temperature twice and then sent us home because his fever had gone down,” Ciara explained, “because we gave him Tylenol.”

Ciara says she and her husband took Wilder home, but two days later the child’s fever hadn’t subsided. Instead, Wilder’s fever hit an all-time high of 105 degrees — a fever so high he started hallucinating.

“He actually started hallucinating,” Ciara said. “I thought he was out. We were sitting inside on the couch and he said, ‘I want to go in. I have to get away from the dinosaur. He would look at those stains on the ceiling and just start freaking out and crying and he was shaking. It was sort of like the parental instinct: we have to go in.”

PHOTO: Wilder Jackson, 2, lies on a couch at Dayton Children's Hospital while recovering from three viruses in October 2022 in Dayton, Ohio.

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Wilder’s parents took him to Dayton Children’s Hospital. Even the doctors there could not understand why the two-year-old continued to have a fever without any other symptoms.

Doctors ordered several tests to be run to uncover the underlying cause of Wilder’s mysterious fever. And when the results of those tests came back, the news was staggering: A doctor at the previous hospital was partially right when he told Wilder’s mother the child had a virus. But as test results would show, Wilder had not just one, but three viruses: rhinovirus, enterovirus, and adenovirus.

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Rhinovirus is the virus that causes the common cold, enterovirus is a virus that can be found in the gastrointestinal tract (but can spread to the central nervous system), and adenovirus belongs to a group of viruses known to cause respiratory infections such as croup, bronchitis and pneumonia .

These viruses are common in children and usually cause mild illness, but when they occur at the same time they can be much more serious.

“They think the adenovirus was the virus that wreaked havoc on him,” Ciara said.

Wilder was relocated from the Dayton Children’s Hospital ER campus to the main medical center in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The timing couldn’t have been better when Wilder received the last open bed in the hospital.

“I said, ‘Can we swap the crib for a bed?’ And they said, ‘We’re out of beds. Like you took the last one.” We were very happy we got in,” Ciara said.

PHOTO: Wilder Jackson, 2, plays with toys at Dayton Children's Hospital while recovering from three viruses in Dayton, Ohio in October 2022.

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The toddler received medical attention in the hospital for 3 to 4 days before being discharged. He was finally fever free for 24 hours without the help of Motrin or Tylenol.

It is not known if Wilder contracted any of the viruses during the investigation Family trip to Disney Worldalthough it’s definitely a possibility.

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The family is speaking out after the ordeal and encouraging other parents to follow their instincts when it comes to their children’s health and well-being. Wilder’s mother also points out the importance of washing hands frequently.

“Washing hands is a big deal,” Ciara said. “And then I’d say just trust your gut and make sure you’re your child’s advocate and just push for answers.”

“Follow your gut,” Wilder’s father said. “You know your child.”

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