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Tragic teen with Down’s syndrome dies from Covid a year after beating cancer

A teenage girl with Down's Syndrome has died of coronavirus just over a year after beating cancer.

Tragic Alexa Rose Veit, 15, died just a day after he mum Kim was released from hospital after being put on a ventilator for the same killer virus.

Alexa, from Ballard County in the US state of Kentucky, was diagnosed with leukaemia in July 2019 but bravely battled the condition and went into remission weeks later.

But the schoolgirl was diagnosed with Covid-19 after she began to feel unwell at school.

Both Alexa and her mother Kim returned positive tests and the latter became seriously ill first, being put on a ventilator.

But the teenager's condition worsened and she was eventually hospitalised.

A Ballard County spokesman said: "As the days went on, Alexa began to feel a little worse each day and was eventually hospitalised due to Covid-19 and the development of pneumonia."

She was flown to Nashville, Tennessee, for specialist care. Alexa's older sister, who had successfully overcome Covid-19, remained by her sibling's side as their mother continued her hospital treatment.

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Alexa's condition worsened and she was put on a ventilator, tragically dying just as her mother was released from hospital.

Kim was able to make it to the hospital in time to say goodbye, the tragic teen's dad William said.

Ballard County Emergency Management Director Travis Holder said: "She was a freshman at Ballard Memorial High School, a member of the choir, an active member of her church youth group and (thoroughly) enjoyed time with her family and friends.

Mr Holder said Alexa's death should remind others to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, urging people to wear masks and observe social distancing.

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed 1.4 million people worldwide, with the United States by far the worst-affected country.

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