Alexa Rose Veit, a 15-year-old girl who was born with Down syndrome, had struggled to overcome leukemia last year. However, on November 15 of this year he died of covid-19. The information was released by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear at a press conference last Wednesday, in which he regretted that the girl was also a much loved member of the Ballard County community.
That same night, the county Emergency Department revealed more details of the case to the local media, with the permission of the girl Alexa’s parents, as part of a process of raising awareness in the population about the importance of measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the use of the mask and respect the distance of at least six feet of distance between one person and another.
The story told in detail by Travis Holder, director of the Ballard County Emergency Department, circulated on official social media and local media.
He said that Alexa He was born with special needs in February 2005, but according to his family and friends, that never stopped her. Alexa was described as “an unfiltered ‘social butterfly’ and a contagious smile that could light up any day.” He was a freshman at Ballard Memorial High School, was a choir member, was an active member of his church’s youth group, and greatly enjoyed time with his family and friends.
Holder noted that Alexa’s toughest challenges began in July 2019 when she was diagnosed with leukemia at age 14. “Although Alexa was exhausted from the treatments she had to undergo and the long stays in the hospital, her smile, laughter and determination never went away. Alexa fought a tough and lasting fight (…) She was victorious! August 27, 2019, Alexa was considered to be in remission from leukemia. “
A new bad news
But she explained that on October 26, Alexa was at school and not feeling well, so her mother took her for a routine coronavirus test. The next day, while she was waiting for the Alexa test results, her mother also began to feel ill and was tested for covid-19. Shortly after it was determined that Alexa and her mother were infected.
After her diagnosis, Alexa’s mother was hospitalized and put on a ventilator. Alexa’s grandparents were also infected with coronavirus and hospitalized. As the days passed, Alexa began to get worse and she was eventually hospitalized with pneumonia. Alexa was immediately transferred to Nashville to be cared for by her regular doctors.
Meanwhile – continued the narration of director Holder – Alexa’s mother was still in the hospital with a respirator fighting for her life without knowing what her little girl was enduring. Alexa was still hospitalized in Nashville, accompanied by her older sister, Kelley, who recently recovered from the same illness. Alexa’s health continued to deteriorate and she was eventually placed on a respirator to help her.
On Saturday the 14th, Alexa’s mother was discharged from the hospital in Paducah and rushed to Nashville to be by Alexa’s side. But the next day, Sunday, November 15, 2020, Alexa died.
“This is real”
Authorities obtained permission from Alexa’s family to tell this story with one intention: “By now you are probably thinking ‘why are you telling us this?’ (…) I tell you this because we have to realize that this is real. This is not political, it is not something that ‘has always been here’, it is real. We must start taking precautions seriously. There is nothing we can do to get rid of COVID-19, but it is our duty as citizens to do everything possible to reduce the spread to our neighbors, “Holder insisted.
“Even if you don’t like the masks or think they don’t work … wear it out of respect for your fellow Ballard County colleagues who can’t risk getting this virus. As we get closer to Thanksgiving Think about your loved ones (…), the older generation who sit down to tell stories, and those you only see a few times a year. As you think about it, ask yourself, ‘Is it worth it?’ Is it worth taking a chance and not being here next year? I’m not asking anyone not to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m just asking that you be considerate of those who are most vulnerable. If we all join today, our tomorrow will be stronger than ever! “
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