Healthy high school senior, 18, dies of COVID just a few days after diagnosis


Sarah Simmental celebrated her 18th birthday only last month and was hoping to graduate from high school next spring, when COVID-19 suddenly lost her life earlier this week after complaining of headaches and congestion. Took.

Sementinal, from Tiniali Park, Illinois, lost his battle with the virus on Sunday, a week after receiving the diagnosis.

Parents Deborah and Donald Simmental stated that Sarah was an otherwise healthy teenager with no underlying medical condition before coronovirus wreaked havoc in her body.

Sarah Simmental, 18, died of COVID-19 the day after Christmas, and less than a week after testing positive for the virus in suburban Chicago.

A few days before Christmas, the healthy high school senior complained of congestion and mild headaches from his parents, Donald (left) and Deborah (right), to whom he attributed the cold.

A few days before Christmas, the healthy high school senior complained of congestion and mild headaches from his parents, Donald (left) and Deborah (right), to whom he attributed the cold

Deborah told WLS-TV, “She went into a cardiac arrest, had a brain bleed. It was making her kidney worse. ‘No parent should ever go to see their child. Nobody. ‘

According to the married mom-of-two from suburban Chicago, it all began a few days before Christmas, when Sarah first complained of mild cold-like symptoms.

Deborah Simmental said the virus ate her healthy daughter in a few days

Deborah Simmental said the virus ate her healthy daughter in a few days

But the high school student’s condition deteriorated rapidly and his mother took him to have a COVID test on December 19, which came back positive the next day.

Over the next three days, Sara continued to add many new and persistent symptoms including vomiting, chills and body aches.

Her parents took Sarah to Silver Cross Hospital two days before Christmas, but her health continued to decline and, according to reports from the Chicago Tribune, she was eventually sent to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

‘I know she struggled because the last time I was able to talk to her on the phone, they were taking her from the regular room to the ICU and she said “I’m going to be fine, mother,” and That was the last thing, ‘Deborah recalled.

Despite doctors’ efforts to save her, Sara died on December 26, less than a week after her COVID diagnosis.

Sarah tested positive for the virus on 20 December

He was rushed to a local hospital three days later, then to the University of Chicago Medical Center

Sarah tested positive for the virus on 20 December. She was rushed to a local hospital three days later, then airlifted to the University of Chicago

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the high school student died of acute hypoxic respiratory failure due to COVID-19 infection, with non-traumatic brain hemorrhage as a contributing factor.

Sarah’s parents said their daughter was spending more time at home with her family and her dog, Bailey, and they have no idea where she had put the virus.

Her 20-year-old brother, Matthew, arrived in August with a mild case of the disease and recovered.

The Semantals said they decided to share their daughter’s story to remind the public that COVID-19 does not affect only the elderly, or people with underlying health conditions.

Deborah said, “Sarah is an example that this can happen to the youngest and healthiest people.”

Despite doctors' efforts, Sara experienced respiratory failure and a brain bleeding, resulting in her death on 26 December

Despite doctors’ efforts, Sara experienced respiratory failure and a brain bleeding, resulting in her death on 26 December

Sarah's older brother, Matthew, 20 (left), caught COVID in August, but recovered

Sarah’s older brother, Matthew, 20 (left), caught COVID in August, but recovered

Three days after Sarah’s death, Louis Letlow, an incoming Republican congressman from Louisiana, who was away from taking the oath of office in just a few days, bowed to COVID. He was 41 years old.

Doctors said that the married father did not have any underlying health conditions, which would put him at greater risk for the disease.

Coronavirus outbreaks have so far claimed more than 338,000 in the US and over 1.8 million worldwide.

Sarah was a senior at Lincoln-Way East High School and volunteered at PAWS in Tinley Park, a pet rescue organization.

He is survived by his parents, brother and grandparents.

Sara’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon in Orland Park, Illinois Park.

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