A 5-year-old girl who passed away Sunday is the youngest person and the first child to die from coronavirus complications in the state of Michigan.
Per the Detroit News over the weekend, Skylar Herbert’s parents, LaVondria and Ebbie Herbert, made the painful decision to take their daughter off her ventilator. She tested positive for COVID-19 in March.
Though Skylar initially experienced a bad headache, her condition later developed into a rare form of meningitis and brain swelling following her coronavirus diagnosis. The young girl spent a total of two weeks on a ventilator before her death.
“We decided to take her off the ventilator today because her improvement had stopped, the doctors told us that it was possible she was brain dead, and we basically just knew she wasn’t coming back to us,” LaVondria, a Detroit police officer, told the outlet on Sunday.
Michigan health care system Beaumont Health also confirmed Skylar’s passing.
“The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy. We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus,” a representative said in a statement.
According to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Skylar is the youngest person and the first child in the state to die from the coronavirus. Prior to her passing, the youngest reported fatality was an individual who was 20 years old.
Despite her tragic loss, LaVondria remembers Skylar as a tender, affectionate young girl who repeatedly expressed love for her parents.
“She was the type of girl that would just run up to you and jump in your arms and hug you,” LaVondria recalled. “It didn’t matter what she was doing, she would stop what she was doing and tell me she loved me like 20 times a day."
LaVondria is also grateful for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order in Michigan on March 23.
“I want to say thank you to the governor for making people go home,” LaVondria added.
Despite “coughing and having shortness of breath” while caring for his daughter, Ebbie’s coronavirus test came back inconclusive.
Per Fox 2 Detroit on Monday afternoon, Michigan has 32,000 reported cases of COVID-19 with 2,468 reported deaths.
Our deepest condolences go out to Skylar’s family during this difficult time.