BOSTON (CBS) – A figure skating champion is back on the ice after a long battle with COVID-19. On Tuesday, 16-year-old Drew Kenney was practicing at the same rink where she learned how to skate when she was three years old.
“I have been skating for a long time. It’s only really free when you’re skating. You’re just really energized,” says Kenney.
That started to change for the competitive skater in March 2020 after receiving COVID.
Kenney said: “I was tired and had a headache, stomach ache and no appetite.
And her symptoms persisted for months — even worse that summer.
“It was horrible to see her try to skate and she couldn’t. She can’t make any jumps. She can’t even maintain her shows. Drew’s mother Diane said.
After several fruitless trips with different doctors, she was finally sent to Boston Children’s Hospital Post-COVID Clinic in March 2021.
Dr Molly Wilson-Murphy, a neurologist at Children’s Hospital Boston, said: “She had all sorts of symptoms and they are symptoms that we see very typical in patients with persistent COVID.
Drew was diagnosed with persistent COVID, and the Abington High School student finally had the answers she was looking for.
“Within a few weeks, we had an answer and she was put on an inhaler for her lungs. They did lung tests and tools and found out exactly what was going on with her,” said Diane.
“To find a real medical reason behind it is very soothing. Drew said.
Drew is now back on the ice five days a week. As she continued her training, she also enrolled in colleges, where she wanted to study neuroscience, thanks in part to her experience at Boston Children’s.
“I wanted to be a doctor and then I met Dr. Murphy and the whole team was so helpful with everything I wanted to help kids like me,” says Drew.