Coronavirus, Covid-19, Pandemic, Cancer Survivor, Teenager, Kentucky, Dies

Coronavirus, Covid-19

Kentucky Teen Who Survived Cancer Dies of COVID-19

A 15-year-old “social butterfly” from Kentucky who had already survived a cancer diagnosis became infected with COVID-19 and died this month.

11/25/2020 8:30:00 PM

A 15-year-old girl from Kentucky who had already survived a cancer diagnosis became infected with COVID-19 and died this month, according to officials.

A 15-year-old “social butterfly” from Kentucky who had already survived a cancer diagnosis became infected with COVID-19 and died this month.

Alexa, who was born with special needs, was a freshman at Ballard Memorial High School and sang in her church choir, Holder said.“Alexa was described to be a ‘Social Butterfly’ with zero filter and an infectious smile that could brighten any day,” he said.

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July 2019, Alexa was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent arduous and draining treatments, he said. After less than a month, she was considered to be in remission.On Oct. 26, Alexa complained she was not feeling well and took a COVID test. The next day, her mother didn’t feel well and took a test, Holder said. After both tests came back positive, Alexa’s mother was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator, Holder wrote. During this time, Alexa’s grandparents became infected and hospitalized.

“Alexa was showing mild symptoms but was doing fairly well dealing with the diagnosis of COVID-19,” Holder wrote. “As the days went on, Alexa began to feel a little worse each day and was eventually hospitalized due to COVID-19 and the development of pneumonia. Alexa was immediately flown to Nashville to be in the care of her regular doctors.” headtopics.com

Alexa’s sister, who’d just recovered from COVID, stayed with Alexa in the Nashville hospital because her mother was hospitalized herself. Alexa’s condition got worse, and she was placed on a ventilator.Alexa’s mother was released from the hospital in Paducah, KY, on Nov. 14 and rushed to Nashville, Holder wrote. Alexa died the next day.

Holder ended his post urging Kentuckians to wear facial coverings."I am telling you this because we have got to come to the realization that this is real. This isn’t political, it's not something that 'has always been here'; it is real. We must start taking the precautions seriously,” he said.

"There is not anything that we can do to get rid of COVID-19, but it is our duty as citizens to do everything that we can to reduce the spread to our fellow man."WebMD Health News BriefFacebook: Ballard County, KY, Emergency Management, Nov. 18, 2020.

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