5-Year-Old Girl Becomes First Michigan Child to Die of COVID-19 Complication
A five-year-old girl has become the youngest person and first child to die of the novel coronavirus in Detroit one month after she first developed COVID-19 symptoms.
A month after 5-year-old Skylar Herbert complained to her parents that she had a terrible headache, new reports reveal that she has died after spending two weeks on a ventilator.
According to Detroit News, the little girl, who tested positive for COVID-19 back in March, developed meningoencephalitis, which was a rare form of meningitis that caused brain swelling.
Up until Skylar's death, the youngest person on record to die from complications related to COVID-19 was 20.
Skylar Herbert’s mother remembers her daughter as “the type of girl that would just run up to you and jump in your arms and hug you.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Herbert family for their tragic loss. https://t.co/4r6VRsV431— The Real (@TheRealDaytime) April 20, 2020
Skylar passed away after her parents made the tough call to have her removed from the ventilator as her mother, LaVondria Herbert, explained that:
"Her improvement had stopped, the doctors told us that it was possible she was brain dead, and we basically just knew she wasn't coming back to us."
People recalled that LaVondria, and her husband Ebbie, took Skylar to a pediatrician after she complained of persistent, painful headaches. While the late 5-year-old tested positive for strep throat and was given antibiotics, her headaches didn't stop.
Skylar Herbert, the daughter of two first responders, is believed to be the youngest person to have died of the virus in Michigan. https://t.co/JQPQp37C1r— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 21, 2020
It became so bad that Skylar began "crying so bad," which caused LaVondria and her husband to take her to the emergency room. It was there that tests for COVID-19 were run, and the results came back positive.
The death of Skylar, whose mother worked as a Detroit Police officer for 25 years and her father has worked as a firefighter with the Detroit Fire Department for 18 years, came as a shock to many.
Skylar Herbert died Sunday at hospital after being on a ventilator for two weeks, a CNN affiliate reported. She tested positive for coronavirus last month and developed a rare form of meningitis and swelling on the brain. https://t.co/blWY8nEUkM— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2020
In a statement released to CNN partner WXYZ, Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital wrote how heartbroken they were that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child.
The hospital, where Skylar spent her last days also extended their "deepest sympathy" to her family and other people who have lost a loved one to this virus.
Rest in peace sweet little Skylar Herbert. The 5-year-old passed away from the coronavirus complications on Sunday. https://t.co/OprbUzCBjL— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) April 21, 2020
CBS News noted that even though children are not as likely to develop critical symptoms of the novel coronavirus or die from it, they are not entirely protected from the disease and even young children can get sick.
Up until Skylar's death, the youngest person on record to die from complications related to COVID-19 was 20, according to data retrieved from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
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