A teenage girl with Down syndrome died of the corona virus just over a year after beating cancer.
Tragic Alexa Rose Veit, 15, died just a day after his mother Kim was released from hospital after being put on a ventilator for the same deadly virus.
Alexa, from Ballard County, Kentucky, was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2019, but bravely fought the condition and went into remission weeks later.
But the schoolgirl was diagnosed with Covid-19 after she started feeling unwell at school.
Both Alexa and her mother Kim returned positive tests, and the latter first became seriously ill when she was put on a ventilator.
But the teen’s condition deteriorated and she was eventually hospitalized.
A Ballard County spokesman said, “As the days passed, Alexa started to feel a little bit worse every day and was eventually hospitalized for Covid-19 and the development of pneumonia.”
She was flown to Nashville, Tennessee for specialist care. Alexa’s older sister, who had successfully overcome Covid-19, stayed by her sibling’s side while their mother continued her hospital treatment.
Alexa’s condition worsened and she was put on a ventilator and tragically died just as her mother was released from the hospital.
Kim was able to get to the hospital on time to say goodbye, said William, the tragic teenager’s father.
Travis Holder, director of Ballard County Emergency Management, said: “She was a freshman at Ballard Memorial High School, a member of the choir, an active member of her church’s youth group, and enjoyed (intensely) time with her family. and friends.
Mr. Holder said Alexa’s death should remind others to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, urge people to wear masks and observe social aloofness.
The Covid-19 pandemic killed 1.4 million people worldwide, with the United States by far the hardest hit country.