A 10-year-old girl in Virginia has died of complications from Covid-1 complications after her family claimed she was exposed to the virus while on duty at school as a “class nurse.”
Teresa Sparry, a fifth-grader at Hillpoint Elementary School, was assigned by her teacher to send her sick classmates to the school nurse because she was having headaches down and coughing herself up, CNN reported.
“One of the things she told us before she got sick was that it was her job to be a‘ class nurse ’to take sick children from class to the nurse’s office,” her father, Jeff Spree, told the outlet.
“And you have to understand my daughter, this is her, helping people is my daughter, it’s not something she doesn’t want to do.”
But her parents believe that her caring nature eventually led to her death.
On September 22, she began to feel sick at first and had a fever the next day, her family said.
But just four days later, on Sept. 26, she began to experience coughing so intensely that her mother took her to the emergency room, the outlet said.
She was tested for strep throat and covid-1 for, but was sent home to wait for the results, CNN reported.
“Her lungs were perfect, beautiful. They didn’t care,” her mother, Nicole Sperry, told the outlet.
But within a day, she stopped breathing and was rushed to a local hospital before being moved to King Daughters Children’s Hospital, where she died.
After her death, her family was notified that she had tested positive for the virus.
Her mother wrote on Facebook, “We did what we could and now we have lost a part of our heart. “Kovid is real and he doesn’t care who he takes.”
Anthony Ward, a spokesman for Suffolk Public Schools, said they were working with health officials to contact Trace in Teresa’s classroom. The Virginian-pilot reported.
Responding to a parent’s claim that Teresa was forced to become a “class nurse,” Ward said it violated school protocol, and the district is investigating.
“The protocol at Hillpoint Elementary School is for classroom teachers or any adult to contact the ‘C’ at head office. When this happens, the administrator or school nurse will come to pick up one of the students in the classroom,” she said in an email. We are still investigating. “