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Family says healthy Illinois teenager died after contracting coronavirus



According to her family, an 18-year-old girl in Illinois died a few days after contracting COVID-19.

Cook County officials said Sarah Simental, who lived in Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago, died of the virus the day after Christmas.

The girl’s mother, Deborah Simental, told the ABC subsidiary WLS that the virus “actually only swallowed her.”

She said: “No parent should watch the child go through that.”

Sarah Simental poses for a Christmas photo with her dog.

Sarah Simental poses for a Christmas photo with her dog.
(Courtesy of Deborah Simental)

Simmental said her daughter developed symptoms for the first time last Wednesday and tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Chicago Tribune, she was taken to the hospital and taken to the University of Chicago for treatment.

The county medical inspector’s office said the teenager died Sunday from acute hypoxic respiratory failure and non-traumatic cerebral hemorrhage caused by infection.

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Her mother told the Tribune: “She is a healthy young lady. She just turned 18 in November and controls the world.”

She said her daughter “is an example of what can happen to the youngest, healthiest person…this is a fact.”

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According to her obituary, Sarah’s funeral will be held on Wednesday at the Lawn Ceremony in Orland Park, Illinois.


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