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Mom Of Youngest Maryland Coronavirus Fatality Speaks Out: ‘It Happened So Fast’

According to a new report, a mother from Maryland claims that her teen daughter died because of a rare inflammatory illness related to the novel coronavirus that’s behind the current pandemic.

Teen Daughter Dies Due To COVID-19-Related Complications

Just last week, 15-year-old Dar’yana Dyson of Dundalk, Maryland, started feeling unwell. She then told her mother, Kandice Knight, that she doesn’t feel like eating for her stomach was upset and that she lost all her appetite. From there, she was eventually taken to a local hospital in Baltimore.

At the hospital, Dar’yana developed further symptoms, such as shortness of breath and a rash, which doctors had been reporting as the symptoms of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, a new inflammatory condition seen in young COVID-19-infected patients. Per experts, the syndrome is similar to the Kawasaki disease, as it causes swelling in medium-sized arteries all throughout the body.

Unfortunately, several teens and children across the country are developing the new condition in recent weeks, with the increasing number of cases prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an advisory regarding it. Furthermore, the condition has been observed on children and teens that have tested positive for the coronavirus but hasn’t shown any of its usual and common symptoms.

Unfortunately, for Dar’yana, she died just a few days after being placed on a ventilator.

"It happened so fast. I never thought that taking my daughter to the hospital for a stomach pain that I wouldn't be walking out of there with her. I'm so lost right now I don't even know what to say. It was the worst thing I ever could've experienced in my life," Knight said in an interview with WBAL-TV, a local news outlet.

In response to the unfortunate death of her daughter, Knight is pushing that parents should be taking the virus more seriously, especially now that we know it can severely affect their children too, and not just the elderly and sickly people.

"They really don't believe it until it hits close to home. I was one of those people," she said.

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