A 15-year-old cancer survivor died in Covid-19 after being infected with the virus in October, Kentucky officials said.
Alexa Rose Veit, who was born with special needs and survived leukemia in 2019, first started showing symptoms on October 26 and underwent a routine Covid-19 test. Her mother also felt unwell and was tested. A few days later, they both learned they were positive, according to a statement from Travis Holder, director of county disaster management at Ballard County.
His mother’s symptoms worsened, he was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator, while Veit’s symptoms remained mild, Holder said. During this time, Veit’s grandparents were also hospitalized for Covid-19.
Veit’s symptoms worsened and he was eventually hospitalized in Nashville, Tennessee, after developing pneumonia. Her older sister, who had recently recovered from Covid-19, accompanied her as their mother was still in the hospital.
Veit’s condition continued to deteriorate, and he was placed on a ventilator. He died on November 15, a day after his mother was released from the hospital and rushed beside her daughter.
Veit, who was a freshman at Ballard Memorial High School in Barlow, Kennucky, has been described as a “social butterfly” whose infectious smile can brighten anyone’s day.
“Today, our world is a little less bright without Alexa in it and will always be missed,” Ballard Memorial High School wrote on his Facebook page.
Holder asked residents to take the virus seriously and take precautions to protect vulnerable members of the community.
Holder said Veit was the first school-age child to die in state Covid-19. Kentucky reported more than 160,000 cases and more than 1,700 deaths.