Healthy girl, 18, dies of Covid that ‘ate her through’ just days after complaining of headache and congestion

A HEALTHY teenager caught Covid-19 before Christmas and died within days after the virus “ate her through, her family says.

Sarah Simental, 18, from Chicago, who had no previous health problems, began suffering from a headache, a sore throat and body aches on December 23.



Sarah felt so ill that her parents took her to a local hospital where she was found to have Covid-19.

Here she only worsened and was flown to the University of Chicago Hospital, ABC7 reported.

But the teen never recovered, dying days later from a cardiac arrest after she suffered complications from Covid-19.

Sarah Simental’s grieving mother, Deborah Simental, told ABC-7 how her daughter rang her up from hospital shortly before she died and that she was upset at missing Christmas. 

She said: "And I had to reassure her that it’s just a day on the calendar, and when she comes home, ‘We’ll do Christmas with you.’ 

"Unfortunately she didn’t (leave the hospital). It literally just ate her through. And no parent should ever have to watch their child go through that.”

Sarah’s dad, Don Simental, told the ABC: "I have no words for it. I just can’t believe how fast that progressed."

In a message to young people, he added:"Take this seriously."


Deborah said the only consolation for her and her husband was they were able to be at Sarah’s bedside when she died.

She said: "She said, ‘I’m going to be OK, Mum.’ 

"So I know that she knows, eventually, we’ll all be OK. We’re going to miss her, but we’ll be OK."

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the high school student died of acute lack of oxygen in her blood due to Covid infection, with a brain bleed as a contributing factor.

Covid has now infected 19.3million Americans and killed more than 335,000.

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