Detroit girl, 5, dies of COVID-19. She’s Michigan’s youngest victim
Tresa Baldas and Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press Published 6:05 a.m. ET April 20, 2020 | Updated 8:23 a.m. ET April 20, 2020
A 5-year-old Detroit girl has died of the novel coronavirus, becoming the first child in the state to die of the pathogen that has now infected more than 31,000 Michiganders and claimed the lives of 2,391.
The victim is Skylar Herbert, who on Sunday became the youngest person in Michigan to die of COVID-19, according to Michigan Health Department statistics.
Up until now, the state’s youngest victim was 20; the oldest 107, with the average age being 73.
Beaumont Hospital confirmed Skylar’s death late Sunday night.
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“The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy,” Beaumont said 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.”
According to the Detroit News, which was first to report Skylar’s death, the girl tested positive for COVID-19 in March after complaining of a headache and later developed a rare form of meningitis and brain swelling.
She died on Sunday at Royal Oak Beaumont after spending two weeks on a ventilator.
“We decided to take her off the ventilator today because her improvement had stopped, the doctors told us that it was possible she was brain dead, and we basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us,” LaVondria Herbert, Skylar’s mother, told the Detroit News.
The girl’s mom is a Detroit police officer; her a father a firefighter.
Both are now desperately hoping for a cure so that other parents don’t have to lose a child as they did.
“She was the type of girl that would just run up to you and jump in your arms and hug you,” LaVondria told the News.
“It didn’t matter what she was doing, she would stop what she was doing and tell me she loved me like 20 times a day.”
Family and friends took to Facebook on Sunday to mourn the little girl, saying they were heartbroken over the loss of a beautiful little girl remembered for her smile.
“This hurts to the core!!! Skylar💔 Everyone please pray for my brother and sister, Ebbie and LaVondria Herbert,” posted Johnny Hardiman, the child’s uncle.
Quin Qutie Jones, who described herself as Skylar’s aunt, was equally devastated.
“MAY GOD REST HER LITTLE/BIG SOUL, I’M GONNA MISS YOU SKY BOO AND THAT BEAUTIFUL SMILE; REST IN PARADISE BABY.
LOVE, HUGS and PRAYERS to my sis LaVondria Herbert and FAMILY,” Jones posted on Facebook.
The Metropolitan Church of God, where Skylar attended, also asked for prayers for the child’s family.
“There are no words to express how deeply saddened we are by the passing our beloved member Skylar Herbert,” the church posted on Facebook.
“Skylar touched our hearts with her cheerful spirit and brightened our Sunday’s with her smile.
We thank God for gracing our congregation with her life and find solace in knowing that she now rests in the Lord’s presence.”Tresa Baldas: firstname.lastname@example.org
My heart-felt condolences goes out to the family of Little Skylar, who passed away as a result of COVID-19. This should be a message to all of the non believers–this virus have no age limit.
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