A FIVE-year-old girl who complained a month earlier of getting a headache died after contracting coronavirus on Sunday.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Skylar Herbet, from Detriot, is the first person in the state to die of COVID-19.
Skylar initially been positive for coronavirus earlier in March, according to The Detroit News, but on April 3 it encountered an unusual virus infection that caused the brain to swell.
She died on April 19, after spending two weeks on a ventilator.
Her father said they don’t know how the little girl came in contact with the infection because she didn’t have any existing health problems.
Last month, following a headache complaint, Skylar’s parents Ebbie and LaVondria, who are also first responders, took her to a hospital.
Skylar has been sent off with a prescription of antibiotics after testing positive for strep throat.
However according to Mrs Herbert, who serves as a police officer, Skylar could not cope with back pain.
She said: “She had been screaming all night and said headache was not really going to go away.” We called the clinic again and they told us it takes the drug 48 hours to work in the system and we need to give it some time, so because she was weeping too hard, I convinced my husband that we had to take her to hospital and I really didn’t know.
Skylar’s parents took her to a hospital named Beaumont Royal Oak where she tested positive for the infection and was discharged a day later.
The next day, the family went to the emergency department due to Mr Herbert’s coughing.
Skylar’s father, Ebbie, works in Detroit as a firefighter.
LaVondria said: “Me and Skylar were sitting in the taxi, when out of nowhere Skylar started to scream about her head hurting again and she almost threw it up.” The mother covered Skylar in the blankets after her temperature reached around 100 degrees and the infant began to shiver.
Skylar had been taken to a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit following a coma when her family discovered she had meningitis.
Her mother LaVondria said the improvement of Skylar had ceased and doctors said she might have been brain dead. Thus she died on April 19.