Schoolgirl, 12, died with Covid just days after getting minor cough

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A 12-year-old girl died of complications related to coronavirus just days after she developed a minor cough, an inquiry is heard.

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Fabiana Zoppeli suffered the rare growth condition Floating-Harbor Syndrome, but was considered a “generally healthy” baby.

But an inquiry is heard that he passed away less than a week after falling ill with Kovid-19 and suffering from a slight cough.


A doctor described her case as the worst in a child during the entire pandemic, Manchester Evening News Report.

The devastation began on June 1 last year, when a young man, a resident of Oldham, developed a cough.

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Her mother, Itohan Ehigi, called doctors two days later, when she developed a rash and began vomiting.

But, despite being taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital, his breathing deteriorated rapidly.

She was put on an oxygen machine and later on a ventilator before being transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she died on 7 June.

No one else in the family – who moved from Italy to the UK in 2015 – had not come down with coronavirus.

Data shows that she was only among 61 children who died after a positive Covid diagnosis in the first year of the pandemic.

Giving evidence, Prakash Kamath, Pediatric Consultant at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We have never seen children suffering from complications of COVID like Fabiana did.

“We believed she would turn a corner and get better. I haven’t seen a child transferred to intensive care in the last 18 months.”

Teachers at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Primary School in Oldham first paid tribute to the child, whom they described as “a wonderful girl”.

A statement said: “Fabiana enriched both our school and the entire community with her great enthusiasm and love for life. She was a friend to everyone and tried to give her best in everything she did.

Assistant Coroner Nicholas Flanagan ruled that Fabiana died of natural causes.


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