5-year-old girl with rare complications is first child to die of COVID-19 in Michigan

Posted at 6:04 AM, Apr 20, 2020

(WXYZ) — 5-year-old Skylar Herbert is the first child to die of COVID-19 in Michigan.

Skylar developed a rare form of meningitis and brain swelling while battling the virus.

She passed away at Beaumont Royal Oak on Sunday after being on a ventilator for two weeks.

"The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy," Beaumont Hospital said in a statement. "We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus."

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