Waco: Complication sends young leukemia patient back to hospital

McKenzie Covert has been admitted to McLane Children's Hospital in Temple. (Courtesy photo)
McKenzie Covert has been admitted to McLane Children's Hospital in Temple. (Courtesy photo)(KWTX)
Published: Jan. 16, 2018 at 3:17 PM CST
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McKenzie Covert, 6, of Woodway who started the final round of chemotherapy in her two-year battle with leukemia Tuesday after a big celebration Monday night is back in the hospital with what doctors think is a form of meningitis.

Monday night, McKenzie jogged onto the court at Baylor’s Ferrell Center, hand-in-hand with 6-foot-3 starting guard King McClure, as part of the team’s effort supporting Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, of which Bears coach Scott Drew is a part, to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.

Hours after she started the final treatment Tuesday, she developed a fever and her parents took her to the emergency room.

She was later admitted to McLane Children’s Hospital.

"Although the doctor thinks she has viral meningitis (which is what we want), he is treating her for bacterial meningitis until he know more," McKenzie's mother, Tiffany shared online Wednesday evening.

Doctors don’t think the meningitis is related to the high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia with which the Woodway Elementary School kindergarten student was diagnosed in September 2015.