The parents of a 10-year-old girl who died from COVID-19 complications in the Virginia school district have cried out to the public.
Teresa Sperry, the fifth-grader in Suffolk, Virginia passed away only a few days after showing her first signs of symptoms, according to her parents.
Her father, Jeff Sperry said, “My baby was happy, she was strong and it took her in less than five days. If it can take her, it can take anybody.”
The victim’s mother Nicole Sperry believes her daughter may have been exposed to the virus in school.
Sperry wrote on Facebook following the death, “She was required to walk all sick students in her class to the nurse’s office.”
“The protocol at Hillpoint Elementary School is for the classroom teacher or any adult to contact the main office with a Code ‘C’. When this occurs, one of the administrators or school nurses will come to the classroom to pick up the student. We are still investigating to ensure that this process was followed with fidelity,” according to the school spoke person.
“Our daughter was perfectly healthy. And would have continued to be here if people would have stopped sending their sick kids to school,” the couple also wrote online.
Teresa’s parents are now urging everyone to remain cautious.
“If it was over, my daughter would still be here,” said Nicole Sperry. “We wouldn’t be preparing for her funeral.”
Teresa is one of a dozen people under the age of 20 in Virginia to succumb to the virus.