A 15-year-old girl who tested positive for Covid-19 died on the day she was due to be vaccinated, her family said.
Portsmouth’s Jorja Halliday died Tuesday at Queen Alexandra Hospital in the city of Hampshire after being tested for the virus four days earlier.
Her mother, Tracey Halliday, 40, said the GCSE student at Portsmouth Academy was a “loving girl,” a talented kickboxer and an aspiring musician.
She said, “She was a loving girl and she had many friends.
“She was very active, she enjoyed going out and hanging out with friends, and she loved spending time with her brothers and sisters.
“As she grew up, she became a beautiful young lady who always wanted to help others, is always there for everyone.”
She added, “It’s heartbreaking because your kids are always meant to survive you and that’s the only thing I can’t handle.”
Ms. Halliday said that Jorja’s siblings were devastated when they died.
She said Jorja first developed flu-like symptoms before undergoing the PCR test, which gave a positive result, causing her to isolate herself at home.
She said that Jorja had trouble eating on Sunday, but on Monday she couldn’t eat at all because of her sore throat.
Ms. Halliday said she contacted a doctor who prescribed antibiotics, but as Jorja’s condition worsened, she was seen by a doctor who said her heart rate was twice what it should be and she was taken to the hospital.
Ms. Halliday said, “You saw how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch her, hold her hand, hug her and everything else.
“They allowed me to do that. I’m at a point where I can’t understand it happened.
“I was with her the whole time. They tried putting her on a ventilator to give her body a chance to recover.
“Your heart rate has not stabilized. Her heart couldn’t withstand the strain.
“They worked as well as I think they could medically, but they couldn’t save them.
She added, “She had the best of care, I know you did everything to save her.”
She said preliminary results from the hospital’s coroner suggested that Jorja had covid myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart caused by the virus.
Ms. Halliday said that Jorja had no known underlying illnesses.
Ms. Halliday added: “She was supposed to get the sting on Tuesday.
“But because she tested positive on Saturday, she isolated. When her isolation period was over, she would get it.
“The day she died was the day she would have had it done.”
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