After their 15-year-old daughter died lower than two days after testing constructive for COVID, a pair from suburban Bolingbrook is warning different households to stay vigilant in following public well being steering and advocating for everybody to get vaccinated with a view to shield their kids.
Dykota Morgan, a freshman at Bolingbrook Excessive College who was a multi-sport athlete with no recognized pre-existing circumstances, died at round Three a.m. Tuesday at Central DuPage Hospital, her household mentioned.
“Mother and father must know that their kids aren’t as secure as we expect. It might occur to anybody. And I feel that message must be mentioned extra. This may very well be anyone’s baby,” Dykota’s father Rashad Bingham mentioned Thursday.
“Individuals must know. They should shield their children. They should shield their kids and I feel that they need to get vaccinated,” her mother Krystal Morgan mentioned.
“Up till this, I used to be on the fence about vaccinations, I will be 100% sincere,” Morgan continued, including that she had signed up with the village to be notified when kids shall be eligible to get vaccinated towards COVID shortly earlier than her daughter died.
U.S. regulators are anticipated to authorize emergency use of Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 as early as subsequent week. At the moment solely approved for folks 16 and up, well being specialists have mentioned knowledge up to now signifies the vaccine is secure and efficient for youthful age teams.
“I used to be not an advocate for it however the second she received sick we truly received an electronic mail from the village to say children 12 to 15 are going to – I signed her as much as get vaccination that day,” Morgan mentioned. “I signed her as much as attempt to assist her and I really feel like perhaps if she had gotten vaccinated, perhaps, perhaps it would not have exacerbated her coronary heart so quickly.”
“Perhaps the virus wouldn’t have had such an impact on her, I am unsure. I do not know,” Morgan mentioned. “However I feel that each mum or dad simply wants to guard their children and I want there was one thing that I might have did in a different way. I do not know if there’s something that we might have did in a different way. I attempted every part I might do.”
Morgan mentioned Dykota first began complaining of a headache on Saturday and simply wished to sleep. Morgan mentioned her daughter then wakened the subsequent day with a slight cough and feeling dizzy. As she grew extra drained, Morgan determined early Sunday night to take her daughter to get examined for COVID close by. Dykota’s fast take a look at outcomes got here again constructive, in line with Morgan. A second take a look at on Dykota’s 19-year-old sister additionally got here again constructive, however the remainder of the household examined damaging, her mother mentioned.
Morgan mentioned she purchased “every part that everyone ever informed me they’d COVID that helped them” and arrange a station outdoors her daughters’ bedrooms the place she might depart tea, soup and different provides for them to choose up whereas carrying N95 masks as a manner for them to quarantine inside the identical home.
At round 2 p.m. Monday, Morgan mentioned Dykota FaceTime referred to as her from her mattress as her situation worsened, saying she was too weak to get her soup and asking for her mother and father to return within the room together with her. Morgan and Bingham stayed with Dykota till she fell asleep, then after they went again to test on her, discovered that she was sweating and will barely transfer.
“She’s sweating, she mentioned she felt cold and warm, so I ended up having to vary her out of her garments and that is once I knew that she was actually sick as a result of she could not even sit up, she could not put an arm by way of her shirt,” Morgan mentioned. “I needed to actually elevate her legs and pull her pants; she could not do something for herself and I began getting very involved. After which her physique began getting type of chilly, so I began simply massaging her, compressing her, I put a makeshift bolster beneath her knees and set her up so she wasn’t laying straight again and she or he was identical to, ‘I feel I must go to the hospital.'”
“She was like, ‘Mother, why did this occur to me? What did I do to deserve this?’ And I informed her, ‘You did not do something to deserve this, Dykota,'” Morgan mentioned. “We actually tried to do every part to guard her, every part to guard her from this virus and I do know she was very accountable, so I did not fear about her as a result of she was very accountable.”
Dykota Morgan did not have any pre-existing circumstances and was a wholesome freshman athlete who performed a number of sports activities. However out of the blue, her mother mentioned she reported a migraine and nobody anticipated the tragedy that may comply with. NBC 5’s Chris Coffey stories.
Morgan mentioned she referred to as the physician, who informed her to take Dykota to the emergency room as a result of they thought she is perhaps growing pneumonia.
Dykota’s mother and father took her to Central DuPage Hospital late Monday evening, the place Morgan mentioned her blood strain was decrease than it ought to have been when she was admitted and continued to drop.
Shortly after she was admitted, medical doctors mentioned Dykota wanted to remain in a single day, then about an hour later, they transferred her to the ICU as she continued to say no.
“Then they mentioned, ‘We’ll should helicopter her to Lurie Youngsters’s Hospital as a result of we’re not geared up to deal with the quantity of care that she wants,'” Morgan mentioned. “Her coronary heart fee began to turn out to be elevated they usually mentioned her kidneys began failing, after which she began actually complaining about abdomen ache.”
Due to the climate, the hospital could not clear the helicopter so Dykota was then purported to be pushed to Lurie whereas in a medically induced coma for the journey there.
“They informed us to return within the room and inform her we beloved her and to inform her goodbye and we’ll see her when she wakes up, as a result of they have been going to induce her, after which we went in, we mentioned our goodbyes, my mother referred to as, my dad referred to as they usually received to inform her that they love her and I nonetheless didn’t ever assume that she was not going to return again from this, even at that time, however the medical doctors type of began scaring me just a little bit as a result of they seemed actually apprehensive,” Morgan mentioned.
Morgan mentioned she and Bingham stepped out of Dykota’s room at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday morning and their daughter coded.
“These medical doctors and nurses, they labored tirelessly for the subsequent hour, manually CPR, CPR on her chest, they usually mentioned that her coronary heart was simply too weak and she or he could not take it anymore they usually needed to simply, they’d, they did every part that they may do,” Morgan mentioned.
“They did every part they may to save lots of my child,” Morgan mentioned. “However this virus took her. It took her in a matter of 48 hours from the time she first began displaying signs. And I do not know what to do.”
Morgan mentioned Dykota did not have any pre-existing circumstances, was a wholesome athlete who performed a number of sports activities – basketball, softball, cross nation and monitor – and went to the physician for a check-up yearly. Dykota most not too long ago went to the physician two weeks previous to her demise as a result of she had a migraine, her mom mentioned, questioning if it was attainable she had COVID at the moment however wasn’t examined for it as a result of she did not have every other signs.
The DuPage County Coroner’s Workplace mentioned Thursday that Dykota’s official reason behind demise was nonetheless pending investigation and that it may very well be “a number of weeks” earlier than they know something extra. Morgan mentioned the workplace informed her that Dykota died of an “infected coronary heart.”
Morgan mentioned Thursday that she wished households to know: “Do not forget concerning the children. Preserve the masks on. Preserve hand sanitizing.”
Morgan mentioned Dykota was a “stunning soul” and a centered pupil who was in all honors and superior placement programs with huge plans and a 3.7 GPA – which they discovered when her report card got here within the mail Tuesday, simply hours after Dykota died.
“She had plans for her future. She was an athlete, she was a scholar, she had scholarships already for full-ride scholarships at 4 totally different universities. She was a monitor star, a basketball participant, a softball participant, she might draw, she might paint, she was a make-up artist, folks got here to the home to get their eyebrows achieved from her and would pay her, and she or he was only a stunning soul,” Morgan mentioned.
“All people who met her wished a chunk of her: coaches, folks’s mother and father, her teammates’ mother and father. All people beloved this lady, the outpouring of affection that she had was simply – the help that we’re getting for her is simply phenomenal, like I by no means in 1,000,000 years anticipated that my child would have had this affect on folks’s lives in simply her 15 years,” she added.
“Dykota was an incredible baby who let her mild shine on all people that she got here involved with and the affect that she left in these 15 years is gonna go on without end,” Bingham mentioned.
“She was a famous person,” Morgan added.
A GoFundMe has been established to assist Dykota’s household. A balloon launch in her honor is scheduled to happen at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the Annerino Group Middle in Bolingbrook.