Davis was diagnosed with MIS-C, a very rare but serious disease, according to doctors, caused by COVID.
From the outside looking inside, it’s hard to see what’s really going on. For the Clinton River Queens, it’s true. The Queens have gone through the ups and downs of the season without their star point guard, Elle Davis.
“She has a really nice picture,” said John Davis, Elle’s father.
“I was trying to break the career record by three,” Elle said. She broke Clinton’s single-season three-point record last year, a record previously set by her older sister. She was 17 after breaking the three-point career record this year. But why?
“At Christmas I woke up and was not feeling very well.” Davis said.
The Davis family went to Clinton emergency care to try to figure out why She had a high fever, rash, and upset stomach.
“You could tell. His eyes were turning yellow so we knew something was going on,” Father John said. “There had to be something more. When you find out you need to get to the ER or to Iowa City, it’s like “What is this?” Because it’s pretty serious. “
After a trip to the Clinton emergency room, She was rushed to Iowa City and admitted to intensive care. She was diagnosed with MIS-C, a rare disease associated with COVID. According to the CDC, 2,060 cases of MIS-C have been reported to local health departments nationwide, and only between 11 and 30 in the state of Iowa.
When she was diagnosed, she did not know she had COVID before.
“One in 1,200 kids can get it, that’s what he says, so that’s the unknown,” John said. “Is she going to come back? And when she does, will she be her normal self? So there were a lot of questions.”
There was something for Her too.
“I didn’t really know what it was and I didn’t really know what was wrong with me at the time,” Elle said. “I was just shocked.”
They spent seven days in Iowa City as his body healed, luckily coming out of the ICU after a day. But his recovery would take well over a week.
“Once she got better it was like ‘Dude this is gonna suck,’” John said.
Doctors told Elle that she couldn’t be active for six months. That meant Elle’s senior basketball season would be cut short.
“I knew I wanted to be there for them and encourage them.” she says.
She sat the rest of the season on the bench, next to her dad who is also the assistant coach for Queens. Until “Senior Night” comes.
“It was emotional for all of us,” John said as Elle’s mother Anne Davis cried.
She checked into the game and took one last shot.
“It’s all of my hard work that I put into this sport,” Elle said.
It was such a meaningful moment for a girl who is still on the mend.
“It was really a very emotional evening,” Elle said.
To see the community rally around Her for her support, Anne said one word captured it all: “Priceless”.