Grand Junction, Colorado. – Mesa County, Colorado reported its first COVID-19 child death in May. Shilynne Loux said this girl was her 15 year old daughter.
Kaci Loux tested positive for the Delta variant and was hospitalized before her age group was eligible for the vaccine, the health department said.
“She was an exceptional girl. Like I said, she loved her music, she loved spending time with me, ”her mother said.
Her mother is still in shock from what happened.
“You shouldn’t have to lose your own child for this,” Loux said.
Cases of the fast-spreading Delta variant are skyrocketing in several states, including Colorado. The majority of variant cases have been reported in Mesa County.
Health officials say the variant is a high risk for young children who are not vaccinated.
Loux said her youngest daughter had coronavirus in April and everyone in the family ended up having it. Only his daughter Kaci was hospitalized.
“It progressed pretty quickly,” she said. “She was complaining that she couldn’t breathe. “
At one point, his mother said it seemed like Kaci was improving.
They are preparing to recover her, then everything has gone to hell, ”she said.
Her daughter went into cardiac arrest and died after almost a month in hospital.
She warned other parents that if they think their child is sick, don’t wait to take them to the hospital.
“Take them as soon as possible because if you wait it gets 10 times worse and it will shut their lungs quickly,” she said.
The 15-year-old had so much life ahead of her.
“She was so loved,” her mother said.