A 12-year-old girl named Rachel, who lives in Ghent, Belgium, has died due to coronavirus. Rachel became the youngest person in the world to die because of coronavirus. More than 800,000 people in more than 200 countries have been coronavirus.
People of all age groups are among those caught in coronavirus. Until now, children were thought to have managed the disease more easily. However, the loss of a 12-year-old girl in Belgium due to coronavirus restarted the debate about children.
The death of 12-year-old Rachel, who has never had a disease before, in the city of Ghent, Belgium, has once again shown that children are threatened by coronavirus.
Rachel, a child of a Ghanaian family who has been living in Ghent for 30 years, fell ill 3 days before her death and was taken to family medicine by her mother. The family doctor sent the family home, saying that Rachel had nothing to fear in her condition.
Rachel recovered after a while and started spending time with her siblings. However, on Monday, the child suddenly became ill. Realizing that Rachel’s fever came out quickly, her family called the emergency room. According to the Niuewsblad newspaper, the staff at the emergency room could not deal with people shouting in panic and could not send an ambulance home. The family took Rachel to the hospital with the help of neighbors after the ambulance did not arrive.
The condition of the 12-year-old girl who was hospitalized worsened within 2 hours. Despite all the interventions at the hospital, Rachel could not be saved and died. Rachel, who died 2 hours after the onset of the disease, became the youngest person to die due to coronavirus.
In the calls made to the emergency room in Belgium, as in many countries, an ambulance or police team should be sent by determining the location where the call was made, even if the speech was not understood. Therefore, in the case of Rachel, the absence of an ambulance is being investigated by the Belgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
After the 12-year-old Rachel died, the situation of children began to be discussed again in the coronavirus epidemic. Previously, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems were thought to be vulnerable to the virus. However, the fact that a 12-year-old child who has no known disease died due to coronavirus reminded that children are also in the risk group due to the coronavirus outbreak.