A four-year-old girl whose mother was an anti-vaxxer has died with Covid, Texas authorities say.
Kali Cook died within hours of showing symptoms of the virus in a highly unusual case, which saw her become the youngest victim of the disease in the US state’s Gavescon County.
Mum Karra Harwood, who was reportedly not jabbed, told The Daily News: ‘I was one of the people that was anti (vaccine), I was against it.
‘Now, I wish I never was.’
The family were quarantining because of Covid infections, but it is unclear how many of them were positive and when exactly they were diagnosed.
Kali died in her sleep last week after developing a fever in the night, according to her mother, who said her daughter had no underlying health conditions but did tend to get sicker than her siblings.
The youngster had not tested positive for the virus, but was confirmed to be carrying it when she was examined by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, local media reported.
‘I ended up getting Covid and was diagnosed on Monday (September 6),’ Ms Harwood explained.
‘I came home and was isolated. I tried to stay away from her and didn’t want her and my other kids to get it.’
By about 2 am the following day, Ms Harwood noticed Kali had a fever and she was given medicine – but by 7am, the girl had died.
Ms Harwood said the family was out of work because of Covid and ‘overly stressed and hurting’.
Kali had not been in school since September 1 or come in to contact with any positive cases there, according to the Daily News – suggesting that she was more likely to have contracted the virus at home.
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Despite being able to carry Covid-19, children rarely become seriously ill with the disease and tend to recover quickly.
However, there are exceptions and many children have gone on to develop horrific symptoms of long Covid.
There has been some debate around whether children should be vaccinated and on Monday the UK confirmed that those aged 12-15 would be offered one dose of a Pfizer vaccine.
But Kali was not eligible for a jab in the USA, because she was younger than 12.
The USA has long been the world’s worst hit country on Covid-19, with deaths now approaching the 700,000 mark.
However, anti-vaccine sentiment is stronger in the states than many other parts of the globe.
Galveston County Local Health Authority Philip Keiser called the death a tragedy.
He told other local parents: ‘It’s very important, if your kids are sick, not to say, “Oh, they’re going to be OK,”’ the Daily News reported.
‘If your kids are sick, go seek out medical care.’
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