April 16, 2020
A 21-year-old college basketball player died after contracting the noverl coronavirus, in Colorado. The parents of the deceased mourn the loss of the youngster.
The Lyster family publicly mourned the loss of their son, Cody, after he developed symptoms of COVID-19 in March. His parents and doctors had been confident that he would recover. Lyster's mother said:
"Our son is proof positive that it can take the life of a young person."
The young man had been healthy with no underlying conditions, causing the doctors to be certain that he would make a quick and uneventful recovery, especially with his young age as a factor.
The 21-year-old was a student at Colorado Mesa University. As an athlete, Cody lived and ate right and did everything he could to remain in good shape. This made his passing even more difficult to understand.
Shortly after his diagnosis, Cody was hospitalized and put on a ventilator with immediate effect. The 21-year-old remained unconscious and away from his family until he drew his last breath on April 8.
At the time of his death, Cody became the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Colorado.
Kevin Lyster, Cody's father, worked at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus as a police officer. In the middle of March, Kevin and his wife were diagnosed with COVID-19 but have since recovered.
After their diagnosis, the family immediately began to isolate Cody's parents and took all necessary precautions to make sure that they were alright, and that nobody came in contact with them. Kevin said:
"I was down in either the basement or the family room. We did everything that we were supposed to do to stay away from each other."
Despite their efforts, Cody began to display symptoms of the disease, starting with a fever. His condition did not worsen until March 30, when his parents found him disoriented and "coughing badly."
The fire department came as soon as the concerned parents called and whisked the young basketball player away. And that, the Lyster's confessed, was the last time they ever saw Cody alive.
At the hospital in which Cody was placed on a ventilator, his health showed no signs of improvement, so they decided to transfer him to another hospital. A nurse connected the family through a video chat, and that was the last time they spoke.
Kevin's phone rang one night before his son's transfer. The 49-year-old confessed that as soon as he saw the number calling him at that odd hour, he knew that his son was gone.
Cody had dreams of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a police officer before the dreaded infection took him. At the time of his death, Cody became the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Colorado.