SUFFOLK, Va. – When 8-year-old Alexander Taylor came home from school last week with a cough and a runny nose, his father panicked and immediately took him to get tested for COVID-19.
Alexander Taylor’s dad Barry Taylor stated that the results came back negative. “We worry as much about our children’s exposure to COVID in school and at home, and how they are exposed when they interact with others.”
After hearing the terrible news, this feeling of concern increases.
Taylor’s third grade son attends Hillpoint Elementary in Suffolk – the same school Teresa Sperry attended as a fifth grader before doctors say she died of complications from COVID-19 earlier this week.
Barry Taylor expressed his condolences. “I am with them. Their loss is something that I feel. A parent shouldn’t bury their child. A parent should never bury a young child, especially if it is a case of a cold or flu.
Teresa’s grieving parents claim that Teresa, their only daughter, died at the hospital on Monday after experiencing flu-like symptoms five days prior.
Nicole Sperry, Teresa’s mother, stated that her daughter’s heartbeat stopped when she was in the room. “They couldn’t find her heartbeat. They have been trying to bring her home for over 30 minutes.
Jeff Sperry and Nicole Sperry claimed their 10-year-old daughter was well before she caught the virus. They now urge other parents to get vaccinated in honor of their daughter.
Nicole Sperry said, “She was active and healthy. She loved singing and dancing.” “I want families know this is real, and that people should not wear masks.”
Barry Taylor indicated that he intends to vacinate Alexander when the shot becomes available for him. The 8-year old says that he has to cover himself up until then.
Alexander explained that germs can spread if there is no mask. The mask in my brain traps germs to stop them spreading.
Experts say that COVID-19 complications are very rare in children, but they do recommend that children 2 years old and older wear masks to slow down the spread.
Jeff, Teresa’s dad, is still recovering from COVID-19. The family is hoping to plan her funeral very soon. To help with costs, click here.
This story was originally published by Antoinette DelBel at Scripps station WTKR in Norfolk, Virginia.