Mother blames ‘selfish’ parents sending sick kids to school as daughter dies of Covid

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A Virginia mother has blamed “selfish” people for sending her unwell children to school after her 10-year-old daughter died of Covid-19 after she started feeling ill.

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Nicole and Jeff Sperry said their daughter Teresa was “completely healthy” until she developed the first symptoms of coronavirus infection on September 22.

The student at Hillpoint Elementary School in Suffolk was given the job of a nurse in her class and had to drive sick students to the nurses’ office, Ms Sperry said in a Facebook post.


“We’re at home. But we’ve left a big part of our heart at CHKD [Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters]. It’s very sad not to find her here,” said Ms. Sperry. “And I want to explain with the complexion that her heart has just given up. Our daughter was perfectly fine. And if people had stopped sending their sick children to school, they would have stayed here.”

Teresa’s first COVID symptom was a headache when she returned home from school on Wednesday, 22 September. The next day he got fever. He consulted the family’s pediatrician, who scheduled him for a COVID test next Monday (27 September) and asked the family to put the child in quarantine.

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But on Sunday (26 September), Teresa started coughing and before the family took her to a local emergency room, Teresa started coughing.

“They did her chest X-ray and when they came back, they said there were no symptoms of covid pneumonia, her lungs were perfect, beautiful. They weren’t worried,” Ms Sperry told CNN.

Teresa came back home and stayed in quarantine. But his condition worsened in the next 24 hours. She stopped breathing and was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to The King’s Daughters Children’s Hospital in Norfolk, where she was pronounced dead.

“We did everything we could and now we have lost a part of our heart. Covid is real and it doesn’t care who gets it. If you are still under the illusion that it is not, then You can happily unfriend me and I can guarantee you I will not miss you,” Ms Sperry said in a Facebook post.

Ms Sperry said her daughter died in the evening and as she sat next to her daughter’s body, some parents in a nearby school district, where Ms Sperry taught, were “covid effectively” in schools. It’s over” as Masks was advocating for abandonment of the mandate.

“Wear a damn mask! Get vaccinated! Social distance! And most importantly, stop complaining and keep your sick kids at home. Because in the end you still have to hug yourself,” she said.

Teresa’s parents and her two older brothers were fully vaccinated. But Teresa and her younger brother were too young to be vaccinated. After Teresa’s illness, Mr. Sperry developed a successful COVID infection, while Ms. Sperry tested negative.

Despite contracting COVID, Mr. Sperry said he wanted to speak to the media to get his daughter’s story out and “to make sure this doesn’t happen to other families.”

Mr Sperry said one of the things Teresa told him before she became ill was that “her job was to be a ‘class nurse’ driving sick children to the nurse’s office”. “And you have to understand my daughter, this is her, helping people is my daughter, it’s not something she didn’t want to do,” he said.

But Suffolk Public Schools Division Superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon, III said that at Hillpoint Elementary School, a teacher or an adult should have taken an unwell child to the nurse’s office. “We are still investigating to make sure this process was followed scrupulously,” he said.

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