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A Virginia family was devastated after the death of Teresa Sperry, their 10-year-old daughter, who could not win the battle against COVID-19. Weeks later his 9-year-old brother received the Pfizer vaccine in his honor.
The death of Teresa, who was only 10 years old, occurred on September 27, derived from complications from the virus. His death came about a month before the first coronavirus vaccine for children was authorized.
Jeff and his wife Nicole, parents of the child, said that heThe first symptoms Teresa had were a high fever and headaches.
“She was very healthy and active. He was a pure soul with other people. He was the type of person who always complimented complete strangers“Said his mother. “She loved being around other people and being useful.”
Although it is not yet known with certainty how Teresa was infected with COVID-19, her family has commented that days before the girl died, she was assigned the class work of taking sick and injured children to the nurse’s office.
“She came home and let me know that she is the class nurse. And I said, ‘What is a classroom nurse? What is this job? What do you mean?’ And he said his job was to take anyone who was sick or injured to the nurse, “Jeff explained. “It blew my mind. Because, one, we are in the middle of the fucking pandemic. Two, she is not vaccinated. Three, no one bothered to let me know this was going on. I had no idea”.
After Teresa’s death, Suffolk Public Schools conducted an investigation into the incident and claimed that staff followed the school’s COVID-19 protocol. Speaking to the Virginian Pilot, a spokesperson indicated that Teresa only accompanied a student who only injured his ankle to the nurse’s office.
The Sperries had mixed feelings when the Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, weeks after their daughter’s death.
“When I heard the news that it was finally available for children, I was very excited. But then it broke my heart because we found out about a month after Teresa’s death. So it broke my heart to know that it was so close to being too late for her, “said Nicole Sperry.
Following the authorization of the Pfizer vaccine, lThe Sperry, in partnership with their local YMCA, organized a vaccine clinic in honor of Teresa. 9-year-old Teresa’s brother Michael received his first injection from Pfizer at the clinic.
For now, Michael, who attended the same school as his late sister, is being homeschooled, as his parents don’t want to take the same risk. They indicated that when the minor is fully vaccinated they will reconsider the idea of sending him to face-to-face classes.
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