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18-year-old Illinois woman with no prior health conditions dies of COVID-19 – WFLA

Posted: December 30, 2020 at 9:54 am


by: Brnagh Tumulty and WGN Web Desk

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (WGN) The mother of an 18-year-old woman who died of COVID-19 is speaking out, urging anyone who believes the virus is a hoax to think again.

Sarah Simental had abided by the guidelines, socially distanced, and had done everything right, yet still contracted the virus. Less than two weeks later, it took her life.

Simental had just turned 18 last month, and she was a senior at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.

Her family describes Sarah as a free spirit with a big heart, and someone whose life centered on her family, her friends, and her best buddy Bailey.

Less than two weeks ago, Simental developed a headache, before developing a sore throat and some congestion.

Following a positive COVID-19 test, Simentals condition quickly worsened.

It just continued and I took her to the ER early on the 23rd, Simentals mother said.

Christmas Day, Sarah was flown from Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox to University of Chicago Hospital.

24 hours later, Simental passed away from the virus.

Her parents, suited up in protective gear, were able to sit with her as she took her last breath.

We had all the gear on, N95s and gowns, but they did allow us to go into the room so I could hold her hand and tell her it was okay, Simentals mother said.

As many head into New Years celebrations, the Simental family hopes others dont let their guard down for the sake of having a good time.

People need to remember that theres going to be another Christmas, theres going to be another New Year, but my daughter doesnt get to have those anymore and we dont get to celebrate those with her anymore, Simentals mother said.

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