A 12-year-old girl cries herself heartbreakingly to sleep every night after her 15-year-old sister dies of Covid.
Portsmouth’s Jorja Halliday died Tuesday at Queen Alexandra Hospital in the city of Hampshire after being tested for the virus four days earlier.
She died the day she was due to be vaccinated, her family said.
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Her younger sister Julie, 12, said, “We burst into tears.
“We sat down and held her hand and hugged and kissed her, and I gave her a matching teddy so she and I could have matching teddy bears.”
Jorja’s death is a rare occurrence, and the risks of COVID-19 for children remain incredibly low.
Her mother Tracey Halliday, 40, said: “She was a loving girl and had many friends.
“She was very active, she loved going out and hanging out with friends, and she loved spending time with her brothers and sisters.
“Growing up, she became a beautiful young lady who always wanted to help others, was always there for everyone.”
She added, “It’s heartbreaking because your kids are always meant to outlive you, and that’s the only thing I can’t get over.”
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.
“You allowed me to do that. I’ve got to 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 medically could, but they couldn’t save them.
She added: “She was well taken care of, I know that you did everything to save her.”
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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