The family of a nine-year-old girl who died of coronavirus have paid tribute to the ‘free-spirited’ child and say she has no underlying health conditions.
On July 17, Mikasha Young-Holmes’ daughter, Kimora ‘Kimmie’ Lynum died due to complications from the virus, according to WCJB.
ABC13 reports Kimmie was the youngest victim in Florida and the state’s fifth child to die from the virus.
Kimmie was described as “jovial, fun loving, and free-spirited” on a GoFundMe page, which is raising money to start a scholarship in her daughter’s name and help the family pay for medical bills and funeral expenses.
“She enjoyed the very simple things in life such as going to the park and making new friends.
“She was highly sociable, inquisitive and always happy,” the GoFundMe page says.
“Kimmie looked forward to every Friday with her mother Mikasha for girls day.
“Girls day was full of shopping, loving mother-daughter eye glances and extreme laughter to mark their moments together.”
On July 11, Kimmie was experiencing stomach pain and had a fever of 39C, while several tests were conducted, a coronavirus test was not one of them.
Kimmie was playing with her friends and family on July 17, she was in “great spirits”, however, later that evening she told her mother she was tired and went to lie down for a nap.
“Unfortunately, Friday July 17th Mikasha’s world came crumbling down. She had to experience, the worst pain imaginable,” the GoFundMe says.
“On this day, she unexpectedly lost her only child due to complications of COVID-19. “
Ms Young-Homes went to check on Kimmie a little while after she said she was going to lie down, and found her unresponsive, family members performed CPR until help arrived.
“Regrettably, neither of their efforts were successful,” the GoFundMe says.
“Results from a test performed posthumous revealed she was COVID positive.”
Kimmie reportedly did not have any underlying health conditions.
The US remains the worst-hit country, with more than four million coronavirus infections and 140,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.
The latest report issued by Florida’s health department shows 432,747 people in the state have tested positive, with over 5000 deaths.
On July 14, the state reported over 13,000 new cases in a single day, while just under 9000 new cases were recorded on July 26.
Florida’s cases have surpassed that of the first US coronavirus epicentre - New York.
Florida’s total cases on Sunday were surpassed only by California’s 453,659 cases, while New York had 411,736 coronavirus cases.
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