A Texas preschooler died from COVID-19 just hours after first showing symptoms.
The girl’s mother was diagnosed Monday with the coronavirus and isolated from her children, including 4-year-old daughter Kali Cook, but the girl developed a fever around 2 a.m. Tuesday, which her family gave her medicine to relieve, and she died in her sleep before 7 a.m., reported The Galveston County Daily News.
COVID19 cases in children have been rising drastically in connection with the rapid rise and spread of the Delta Variant, which seems to impact children much more quickly and seriously than previous strains of the Coronavirus.
Karra Harwood, Kali’s mother, was firmly against the vaccines. Kali never tested positive for the virus, but an autopsy revealed she had died from a COVID-19 infection, and her mother said she’d never been diagnosed with an immune disorder or other health conditions, although she tended to get sicker than her siblings. That her death came so quickly underscores warnings from local physicians that although children tend to fare well against COVID, when they do become ill they can become very ill and illness can progress rapidly.
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“We are all so broken and lost and just trying to figure out how we are gonna get threw [sic] this life without her light. Our family has covid and is out of work due to it, so we are overly stressed and hurting. Anything will help and kali would be so thankful to rest in comfort and wait to see us all again,” Kali’s family wrote in a GoFundMe campaign.
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Kali’s mother said she wasn’t vaccinated.
“I was one of the people that was anti, I was against it,” she said. “Now, I wish I never was.”