Family and friends remember Bolingbrook teenager who died days after testing positive for COVID – NBC Chicago – fr

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Family and friends remember Bolingbrook teenager who died days after testing positive for COVID – NBC Chicago – fr


Family and friends remember a teenage girl from Bolingbrook who died just two days after testing positive for the coronavirus, holding a vigil and a balloon released Saturday night in her honor.

Dykota Morgan, 15, was a freshman at Bolingbrook High School. Her family told NBC 5 that she played multiple sports, was in fairly good health, and had no pre-existing conditions. They hope that by sharing her story, people will take the virus seriously and get vaccinated.

Building on each other for love and support, this week has been unimaginable for the family and for Dykota.

“I am so grateful that everyone was able to come out and show their appreciation for the life my daughter has lived,” said Morgan’s father Rashad Bingham.

Bingham knows this Mother’s Day will be tough for his wife Krystal Morgan, with the death of their daughter a tragic reminder of how short life can be.

“A lot of people will miss her,” Morgan’s mother said.

Dozens of people came out on Saturday night to honor her – they shared memories and stories about Morgan and the lives she touched in the community of Bolingbrook.

“It makes us so proud to see that she has had such an impact on the lives of so many people in such a short time,” said Bingham.

The teenager died on Tuesday just two days after testing positive for COVID and less than three days after showing symptoms. Her parents said it started with a headache but quickly progressed as the girl developed a mild cough, started to feel dizzy and even sweated without running a fever.

On Monday, her condition had worsened and she could not get out of bed. Her parents took her to Central DuPage Hospital, where she ended up in the intensive care unit.

The plan was to transfer her to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, but she never made it, dying early Tuesday morning.

“I again remind parents to get their teenagers vaccinated so they don’t have to bury their child like we have to bury ours,” Krystal said.

Morgan knows that her daughter is now caring for their family from above and that her memory will live on in their hearts forever.

Morgan’s family told NBC 5 that an autopsy revealed the teenager had an enlarged heart. An official cause of death is still pending.

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