WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Eighteen-year-old Sarah Simental died of COVID-19 complications a few days after testing positive for the virus.
- The healthy high school senior from from Tinley Park, Illinois first showed symptoms on December 19.
- Simental’s parents said she had no underlying medical conditions that would put her at greater risk for the disease.
High school senior Sarah Simental from Tinley Park, Illinois, tested positive for COVID-19 before Christmas and died within days as the virus “ate her through,” her family says. The healthy young woman has just turned 18 last month and was looking forward to graduating from high school next spring.
“She called me up crying to say that, you know, ‘Mom, I’m going to miss Christmas.’ And I had to reassure her that it’s just a day on the calendar, and when she comes home, ‘We’ll do Christmas with you.’ … Unfortunately she didn’t [leave the hospital],” her mother, Deborah told the local ABC-TV affiliate.
“It literally just ate her through,” Deborah said of the coronavirus. “And no parent should ever have to watch their child go through that.”
Deborah said Sarah had no underlying medical condition. The 18-year-old began showing mild symptoms — a headache, sore throat and body aches on Dec. 19.
Sarah’s condition deteriorated rapidly that her parents rushed her to Silver Cross Hospital — a local hospital on Dec. 23. Her conditions worsened and she was eventually airlifted to the University of Chicago Hospital.
The pet shelter volunteer never recovered and succumbed to the disease a day after Christmas.
“I have no words for it. I just can’t believe how fast that it progressed,” Sarah’s dad, Don Simental, told the outlet.
‘She went into cardiac arrest, she had a brain bleed, it was deteriorating her kidneys, it just ate her through,’ Deborah told WLS-TV. ‘No parent should ever have to watch their child go through that. Nobody.’
Deborah said the only consolation for her and her husband was that they were able to be at Sarah’s bedside when she passed away.
“She said, ‘I’m going to be OK, Mom.’ And that was the last thing,” Deborah shared. “So I know that she knows, eventually, we’ll all be OK. We’re going to miss her, but we’ll be OK.”
Still, “I’m thinking that I’m going to miss out on some real milestones that every mother wants to have with her daughter,” Deborah added.
The parents said Sarah spent much of her time at home with her family and her dog, Bailey, and they have no idea where she contracted the virus.
Source: Daily Mail