This 13-year-old young girl Emily Victoria dies from covid in Canada.
Emily’s death according to the Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown was a result of COVID-19 “horrifying” and a reminder of how deadly the coronavirus can be.
A family friend has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with burial costs for the Brampton girl, who died April 22 at home.
“With a heavy heart I regret to announce the passing of Emily Victoria Viegas, the 13-year-old daughter of our good friend Carlos Viegas,” Adrian Goddard said on GoFundMe, where he is listed as the fundraiser organizer. “She passed away from COVID on April 22, 2021. If you have the means please donate whatever you can to help with her funeral and burial costs.
“Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and unfortunate time.”
As of early Monday, more than $40,000 had been raised in what was originally a goal of $10,000.
The young girl lived in an apartment in Brampton with her parents and her brother. Her brother and mother are also sick with the virus and her mother remains in the hospital.
Her father has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Reports say she died just few days after showing signs and symptoms of Covid.
Relating the news of his daughter’s death to the media, Emily’s father said her symptoms started as a persistent cough, then she had trouble breathing and eventually could not stand on her own. Days later she was rushed to hospital after he family found her unresponsive in her bed.
She was pronounced dead hours later after several attempts to resuscitate her. Doctors said she had pneumonia in addition to COVID-19.
Mayor Patrick Brown tweeted his condolences on Sunday.
This is beyond heart-wrenching,” said Brown. “As a parent, I am lost for words.”
Reports have revealed that parts of Brampton have been among some of the hardest-hit communities in the entire country throughout the pandemic.
The City as at the time of filing this reports has a test positivity rate of approximately 22 per cent, the highest in Ontario.
Severe COVID-19 cases for younger Canadians have been extremely rare. Out of the over 200,000 people under 19 infected with the virus there have been 142 who have been admitted to the ICU.
As of the latest provincial numbers, there are currently 2,126 people in the hospital with COVID-19 and 851 in the ICU.