5-year-old daughter of Detroit first responders dies from coronavirus

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DETROIT (WXIN) – A 5-year-old girl in Detroit died of coronavirus on Sunday after developing a rare form of meningitis and swelling in the brain, Detroit News reports.

Skylar Herbert was first diagnosed with coronavirus last month. Her parents first took her to the pediatrician, and she was diagnosed with strep throat and sent home with medication. But Skylar had a terrible headache that wouldn’t go away, so his family took him to the emergency room. It was then that she tested positive for the coronavirus.

She was released from the hospital, but her family returned shortly after Skylar’s ​​father started showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Both parents are the first responders – his father is a firefighter and his mother is a police officer.

While Skylar was waiting with his mom in the car, she had a seizure.

According to Detroit News, she developed meningoencephalitis, which is a rare complication of the coronavirus. It swelled his brain tissue and a lesion developed on his frontal lobe, his parents said.

After spending the past few weeks at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, she passed away on Sunday.

Beaumont Hospital released the following statement to Detroit news: “We are heartbroken that COVID-19 killed a child. We express our deepest sympathy to the Skylar family and to all those who have lost a loved one due to this virus. “

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