A five-year-old girl from Detroit has reportedly passed away after contracting the deadly coronavirus disease
The girl, Skylar Herbert, complained to her parents a month ago about a headache and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
Skylar’s mother, LaVondria says her daughter later formed a rare case of meningitis and brain swelling, which led to her being possibly brain dead.
“We basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us,” the mother told the Detroit News.
Skylar is believed to be the first child infected with the coronavirus to die in Michigan.
Her parents, who are first responders in Detroit, said they don’t know how their daughter contracted the virus and claim she had no other health issues.
Skylar checked into the hospital on April 3 and developed meningoencephalitis, a rare complication of the coronavirus, which causes swelling of brain tissue and a lesion on her frontal lobe.
A spokesman for Beaumont Health described Skylar’s death as a “tragedy.”
“The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy,” the spokesman wrote in a statement. “We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus