An Indiana student who went to the emergency room suffering from COVID-19 was found dead in her dorm two days after telling her family her symptoms were gone.
Bethany Nesbitt, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, studied psychology at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and lived alone in a living room on campus.
The body of the 20-year-old was found there on Friday morning.
The coroner found that Nesbitt, who suffered from asthma, had died from a “pulmonary embolism that had not been detected before,” read a statement from the school.
The coroner said that while COVID “played a role in contributing to death,” Nesbitt did not actually die from the disease.
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in a pulmonary artery, often caused by a blood clot.
Nesbitt had experienced symptoms related to the coronavirus the previous week and eventually tested positive for COVID-19, but due to a clerical error she never received the results, according to her brother, Stephen J. Nesbitt .
Bethany Nesbitt, 20, who suffered from asthma, died in her college dorm from pulmonary embolism, but a doctor said COVID-19 contributed
Nesbitt’s family started a GoFundMe to launch a memorial scholarship in his honor. By November 4, he had raised $ 19,352 of a goal of $ 25,000
She was alone in quarantine in her only dorm, and because of her asthma, she worked to closely monitor her oxygen levels.
After Nesbitt’s oxygen saturation levels dropped on October 26, she was taken to the emergency room.
But then she seemed to recover, according to one family declaration posted Tuesday on Twitter by his brother, a reporter for The Athletic.
“On October 28, she told her family that she had had no fever for 24 hours and that her oxygen levels were normalizing,” the family said.
The next day, Nesbitt watched Netflix before bed. By 10 a.m. the next morning, she was dead.
A report from Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello said: “After a full investigation and autopsy, the cause of death was found to be natural due to a pulmonary embolism that had not been detected previously.
“Although COVID played a role in contributing to death, it was not caused by COVID”
Nesbitt was taken to the emergency room four days before her death, but two days later she told her family her fever was gone and her oxygen levels were returning to normal. Two days later, after watching Netflix before going to bed the night before, she was found dead in her only dorm in a Grace College residence.
Nesbitt was due to graduate in May from Grace College, a small evangelical school in Indiana, where she lived alone in a single dormitory.
“Bethany was the baby of our family, the youngest of nine siblings,” the family wrote.
She loved Jesus and she loved memes, her brother said. She loved Grace College so much that she assumed the risk of returning to campus while the pandemic was still raging, the statement said.
Nesbitt was careful about social distancing and wearing masks, but she still tested positive, he said.
“We are not speaking to spread fear, but to encourage others to be extremely careful as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise,” his family wrote.
The statement said she planned to work as a Child Life Specialist, a counselor trained to help children and families deal with illness and injury.
Grace College released a statement in which it mourned the death of a bright and loving student who was on track to graduate in May.
“Grace College students, faculty and staff continue to pray for the Nesbitt family and mourn the loss of a beloved classmate and friend Bethany Nesbitt,” wrote college president Dr. Bill Katip .
“We are also working with the family to honor Bethany’s legacy. She will always be remembered for her joyful spirit, her love for the Lord and others, and her positive impact on campus.
Grace College canceled classes and sporting events for the remainder of the day after Nesbitt’s death and held a campus-wide prayer meeting in the afternoon.
On Tuesday, his brother, Stephen J. Nesbitt, a reporter for The Athletic, released a family statement on Twitter calling for “enormous caution” regarding the coronavirus
The small evangelical Christian college canceled classes and sporting events for the rest of the day and held a campus-wide prayer meeting in the afternoon.
Nesbitt’s family started a GoFundMe to launch a memorial scholarship in his honor. As of Wednesday, he had raised $ 19,352 of a goal of $ 25,000.
“There will be an empty seat at our table the next time our family gets together – and every time after,” Nesbitt’s family wrote in the statement.
“This loss is eternal. We beg you to take this virus seriously. And we pray for your health and safety this holiday season.