October 30, 2020

Brave baseball player fighting painful illness

(Franklin, GA) — A Heard County varsity baseball player has been hospitalized at Children’s healthcare of Atlanta for the past several days while struggling with a rare illness. Sophomore infielder Caden Raines was diagnosed with a rare disorder known as Stevens–Johnson syndrome.

Caden Raines

Caden woke up one day last week with watery, bloodshot eyes and his parents, Chris and Rhonda Raines, thought maybe it was allergies or pink eye.

He then began running a low grade fever and broke out in a small rash that began to quickly worsen and spread covering much of his body with severe blisters.

Doctors immediately diagnosed him with Stevens-Johnson syndrome and sent him to CHOA (Egleston). It is believed the condition may have resulted from a reaction to an acne medication Raines had been taking for a few weeks. 

Caden is expected to make a full recovery but the condition has been very painful for him and caused numerous other problems that have required close care.

His mom says he has received excellent care at Egleston and they are hopeful he may be able to return home in about 7-10 days and possible return to school after Thanksgiving break.

She is also thankful for the support she has received from the local community over the last few days.

” We are so grateful for the calls, text, thoughts and prayers, visits, and words of encouragement on facebook this week,” says Rhonda Raines.

“Everyone has just been wonderful from the teachers and staff at the high school, all of his baseball coaches, the kids at his school and even people from the surrounding areas and of course our family and friends. We are just so very thankful for all of the support.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. It’s usually caused by a reaction to a medication or an infection.

Often, it begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters. Then the top layer of the affected skin dies, sheds and then heals.

This photo of Caden’s arm earlier this week shows just how painful and severe the condition is for him

It usually does requires hospitalization and treatment focuses on eliminating the underlying cause, controlling symptoms and minimizing complications as your skin regrows.

Recovery after Stevens-Johnson syndrome can take weeks to months, depending on the severity of the condition.

SJS is extremely rare and affects only about 10 out of every one million people.

Brave head coach Trent Bianco says he knows Caden will come back from this difficult health issue.

“Caden is a special kid with a great family. You hate to see something like this happen to anyone. However, having been around Caden there is no doubt in my mind that he’ll get through this and beat this,” said Bianco Thursday afternoon.

“He has a great family with him and a great support staff back here at Heard where everyone loves and cares about him!”


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