Girl dies of Covid on day she was due to get vaccine

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Her family said a 15-year-old girl who had tested positive for Covid died on the day she was to get vaccinated.

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Portsmouth resident Jorja Holiday died on Tuesday at the city’s Queen Alexandra Hospital after being tested for the virus four days earlier.

Her mother Tracy Holiday said that the GCSE student at Portsmouth Academy was a “loving girl”, a gifted kickboxer and an aspiring musician.


She said: “She was a lovely girl and had a lot of friends. She was very active, she loved going out and spending time with her friends and loved spending time with her brothers and sisters.

“Growing up she turned into a beautiful young woman, always wanting to help others, always to everyone.

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“It’s heartbreaking because your kids are always there to outdo you, and that’s the only thing I can’t get over.”

Ms Holiday revealed that her daughter first developed flu-like symptoms before a PCR test came back positive. Jorja later began a period of self-isolation at her home.

However, Ms Holiday said Jorja was struggling to eat on Sunday. She was unable to eat at all till Monday due to a sore throat.

Ms Holiday said she contacted a doctor who prescribed antibiotics, but when Jorja’s condition worsened, she was seen by a doctor who said her heart rate should double and she was taken to hospital. Preliminary results from the hospital’s medical examiner indicated that Jorja had covid myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart caused by the virus.

“He realized how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch him, hold his hand, hug him and everything else,” Ms. Holiday said.

“He gave me permission to do this. I’m to the point where I can’t figure out why it happened. I was with him the whole time.”

Ms Holiday said doctors had put her daughter on ventilation, but it failed to stabilize her heart rate.

She said: “They did as much as I think they could medically but were unable to save her.

“She had the best care, I know they did everything they could to save her.”

Ms Holiday said Jorja had no known underlying medical conditions. She said: “She was supposed to jab on Tuesday.

“But because she tested positive on Saturday, she was in isolation. When her isolation period was over, she was going to get it. The day she passed away was the day she did it Will happen.”

Several teenagers have died in England after testing positive for Covid.

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab of Brixton, south London, died in March last year at the age of 13 after testing positive for the virus.

In February, the death of a 16-year-old man with no underlying condition was recorded from the virus.


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