SUFFOLK, Va. — When 8-year-old Alexander Taylor came home from school last week with a cough and runny nose, his dad panicked and immediately took him to get tested for COVID-19.
Alexander’s father Barry Taylor said that his results were negative. “We worry just like everyone else about our kids and their exposure to COVID at school and outside. We also worry about them interacting with people.”
After hearing the terrible news, that hit close to home, this feeling of anxiety is intensified.
Taylor’s third-grade son goes to Hillpoint Elementary in Suffolk — the same school Teresa Sperry attended as a fifth-grader before doctors say she died earlier this week of complications from COVID-19.
Barry Taylor expressed his condolences. I am with them. They are my loss. A parent shouldn’t bury their child. A parent should never bury a young child who has been sick with a cold, flu or other illness.
Teresa’s grieving parents are still trying to deal with their loss. Teresa died Monday after suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Nicole Sperry, Teresa’s mother, said that her daughter’s pulse stopped while she was still in the room. “They couldn’t find her pulse. They spent 30 minutes trying and bringing her back.
Jeff Sperry and Nicole Sperry claimed their 10-year old daughter was healthy before she got the virus. They now urge other parents to get their daughter vaccinated.
Nicole Sperry stated that she knew her daughter was active and healthy. She also loved to dance and sing. “I want families and friends to understand that this is real. People need to put on their masks.
Barry Taylor indicated that he intends to vaccinate Alexander when the shot is available for him. He will continue to wear his mask, but the 8-year-old insists that he does not know what he should do.
Alexander said, “If I don’t have this mask germs could spread freely.” “The mask in my head catches germs so they don’t spread.”
Even though COVID-19 complications in children are uncommon, experts recommend that people aged two and older use a mask to stop the spread.
Jeff, Teresa’s father, is currently recovering from COVID-19. The family is hoping to plan her funeral very soon. To help with the costs, click here.
This story was originally published by Antoinette DelBel on Scripps station WTKR in Norfolk, Virginia.