Nov. 9, 2020 -- A mom and dad in Texas say their 5-year-old daughter died less than 24 hours after testing positive for COVID-19.
Little Tagan’s parents, Lastassija White and Quincy Drone, told TV station KAMR that she didn’t have the common symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, coughing, or a sore throat. But she was sleeping a lot more than usual and vomiting, so they took her to the emergency room. That’s when the kindergartner tested positive for the virus.
White said doctors assured her that her daughter would be fine and that the virus mainly affected older adults, so they returned home. But Tagan’s condition continued to worsen. Later that night, Tagan was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead.
“My daughter was perfectly healthy. Perfectly healthy. There’s no way that should have happened,” White told KAMR. “She knew she needed to wear a mask. Like sometimes I would forget my mask and she would say, ‘Mom, you don’t have a mask!’”
“We’re trying to bring light, so this doesn’t happen again,” Drone said. “This doctor told us that our child would be fine, and our child didn’t even make it 24 hours. She died within the next 15 hours.”
The Amarillo Independent School District told KAMR that it would not confirm the kindergartner’s death, because the district only reports COVID-19 cases in their schools, not fatalities.
There have been almost 1 million confirmed cases of the virus in Texas since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the state’s Department of State Health Services. Click here to see the state’s latest numbers.