Skylar Herbert, a 5-year-old girl from Michigan, has become the first child in the state who has died from complications related to the novel coronavirus which has infected more than 31,000 people in Michigan.
Up until now, the youngest victim of COVID-19 disease was 20 years old, while the oldest one was 107.
Beaumont Hospital confirmed the young girl’s death late Sunday night. In a statement, a spokesperson from the hospital announced that no matter the circumstances, the loss of a child is a real tragedy. The staff felt heartbroken and extended their deepest sympathy to the girl’s family as well as to all other people who have lost their loved ones as a result of this disease.
Detroit News reveals the girl tested positive for COVID-19 weeks ago, after complaining of a severe headache which later developed into brain-swelling and a rare form of meningitis. After spending two weeks on a ventilator, she passed away at Royal Oak Beaumont.
Skylar’s mother LaVondria Herbert, told Detroit News that her daughter’s improvement had completely stopped, which, according to the doctors, she was brain dead, so they decided to take her off the ventilator.
She desperately hopes for a cure that will reduce the mortality rate, so that other parents won’t suffer the pain of losing a child.
Skylar’s parents are first responders, her dad is a firefighter and her mum is a police officer.
LaVondria added that Skylar was a lovely girl, who would stop doing her favorite activities just to run up to everyone she loved and hug them.
The family’s friends and relatives mourn the little girl’s death, saying that the loss of this lovely girl has left them broken-hearted.
The Metropolitan Church of God, where the girl attended, asked for prayers for the Herbert family as well.
COVID-19 is believed to be a serious threat for elderly people and those with underlying diseases, however, younger people are also prone to severe complications and fatal outcomes.