A teenage lady in Brampton, Ont., is among the many youngest Canadians to die with COVID-19 after her household mentioned she contracted the coronavirus amid the province’s devastating third wave.
Emily Victoria Viegas, 13, died on April 22, in line with a web-based fundraiser launched in her reminiscence that is already raised greater than $41,000 for her grieving household.
Household buddy Adrian Goddard, who organized the fundraiser, advised CBC Information that Viegas had contracted COVID-19 in addition to pneumonia. Her mom is at the moment in intensive care with COVID-19, Goddard mentioned, whereas her youthful brother can be contaminated and in isolation, however doing OK.
Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario’s chief coroner, confirmed Monday that the province is investigating the teenager’s demise.
“What a tragedy,” he mentioned. “My coronary heart goes out to the household and all of those who knew her. And we’re actually making an attempt to grasp the circumstances extra clearly.”
Talking with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Huyer mentioned it is unclear if Viegas was sickened by one of many coronavirus variants of concern, which have been discovered to be extra transmissible and extra more likely to trigger severe sickness and demise. Variants of concern now account for a substantial majority of latest infections driving the third wave of the pandemic in Ontario.
Many emergency physicians and demanding care nurses have mentioned that, anecdotally, the demographics of sufferers sick with COVID-19 being admitted to ICUs has skewed youthful throughout the third wave.
Dr. Kali Barrett, a important care doctor at College Well being Community in Toronto, advised CBC Information final week that ICUs are more and more crammed with important employees and their members of the family.
Even so, extreme sickness and demise from COVID-19 among the many youngest Canadians has been exceedingly uncommon. In keeping with nationwide statistics, of the 208,195 individuals aged 19 and beneath who’ve been contaminated, 955 had been admitted to hospital. Of these, 142 wanted intensive care.
Eight Canadians 19 and beneath have died with the illness, together with three in Ontario.
Loss of life ‘really heartbreaking,’ leaders say
A spokesperson confirmed that Viegas was a scholar within the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District College Board (DPCDSB).
“This can be a loss to the whole DPCDSB group. Right now, we’re specializing in supporting workers and college students and respecting the privateness of the grieving household,” the board mentioned in an e mail.
In an announcement launched Monday morning, Premier Doug Ford mentioned his “coronary heart completely breaks for this household.”
“I am unable to think about the insufferable ache and sorrow they’re feeling proper now,” Ford mentioned. “It is heart-wrenching and a devastating reminder of what this virus can do. On behalf of all Ontarians, I am sending my deepest condolences to everybody who’s affected by the horrible lack of this younger life.”
Throughout Peel Area, which has been particularly arduous hit all through the pandemic, the lady’s demise got here as a shock to political leaders.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown referred to as Viegas’s demise “past coronary heart wrenching” on Twitter.
“As a guardian, I’m misplaced for phrases. Horrifying,” he mentioned.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie additionally wished the household nicely. “To lose somebody so younger to this virus is really heartbreaking,” she mentioned.