A 19-year-old who died from Covid-19 sent heartbreaking photos from her hospital bed in ICU, saying she had "a long road to recovery".
Breanna Gray, an unvaccinated college student from the US state of Texas, first fell ill on July 31 and was hospitalised about a week later.
According to her family, about two weeks after being admitted to hospital her conditioned worsened and doctors told her she would need to go on a ventilator.
From her hospital bed, she sent Snapchat photos urging her friends to take the virus seriously.
"Y'all don't take Covid for a joke," she wrote in one.
In a later Snapchat, while wearing an oxygen mask, she wrote: "I have a long road of recovery [I don't know] when I'll be able to even leave ICU so keep praying for me."
Speaking to Fox 4, the teen's mother Tabitha Gray said her daughter had "no underlying health issues whatsoever" and spoke of the shock and pain of losing her daughter to the virus.
"We never would have thought it would happen," she said.
"Never in a million years would I think my baby would go before me."
At the time Breanna was infected, nobody in the family home was vaccinated.
"I feel like it is my fault," Tabitha said. "I feel like I should have forced it."
Mum describes painful final phone call
The last time Tabitha spoke to her daughter, she had tried to calm her down over the phone as she was unable to be by Breanna's side.
"You just hear her screaming through the mask for me, and that was the last time," she told Fox 4.
"For me, not being there to help my baby or be there is the worst feeling in the entire world."
Texas is one of several US states, including Florida and Louisiana, which are dealing with a record surge in infections as the Delta variant forces schools to close and pushes hospitals to the brink.
According to the CDC's latest data from August, 73 per cent of the US population over the age of 12 have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and 62 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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