A Florida teenager who died from complications of coronavirus last month had attended a church event with 100 other kids two weeks before she died, according to the medical examiner’s investigative report into her death.
Carsyn Davis, who died on June 23, is one of the youngest people in Florida to die from the virus.
Davis had a “complex medical history” with a number of health problems, according to a detailed report by The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.
In a GoFundMe page set up by Carsyn’s family, her mother, Carole Brunton Davis, wrote that her daughter battled cancer and a rare autoimmune disorder from an early age.
The Medical Examiner’s report said on June 10, Carsyn attended a “church function.”
NBC2 has confirmed it was a youth church event hosted by the First Assembly of God in Fort Myers. The medical examiner reported Carsyn was “with 100 other children. She did not wear a mask. Social distancing not followed.”
Newsweek reports that the “church reportedly hosted a ‘party’ on June 10. The Facebook post that reportedly advertised the event was deleted from the church’s social media page on Monday.”
From June 10 through June 15, the report said Carsyn’s mother, a nurse, and her stepfather, a physician’s assistant, prophylactically treated her with azithromycin, an antibiotic. But on June 13, she developed a headache, sinus pressure, and a mild cough, all common symptoms of COVID-19. The report said her family thought she had a sinus infection.
Carsyn’s symptoms persisted, and on June 19, Carsyn’s mother noted she looked “gray” while sleeping.
Her mother discovered her oxygen levels were low, so she put Carsyn on her grandfather’s portable oxygen machine.
The report said her parents also gave her hydroxychloroquine. The anti-malaria drug was repeatedly touted by President Donald Trump as a COVID-19 treatment method throughout much of the pandemic. It was later flagged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as possibly detrimental to patients’ health. The FDA explained it could potentially cause “serious and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm problems” in a statement released April 24. In June, the drug was revoked for emergency use by the FDA.
“Carsyn was then admitted to the pediatric ICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital, the report said, and she tested positive for COVID-19. Her parents declined intubation,” reports NBC2. “On June 20th and June 21, she was given plasma therapy. A day later on June 22, she was intubated — but serious problems persisted. Carsyn was taken to a children’s hospital in Miami for more extreme measures, but ultimately — on the afternoon of June 23– she was pronounced dead.”
“We are incredibly saddened by her passing at this young age, but are comforted that she is pain free,” Davis told the News-Press after her daughter’s death.
She told the newspaper her daughter was a patriotic Christian who was involved with Operation Christmas Child and organized Christmas card writing for Ten Thousand for the Troops.
“Though she never wanted anything for herself, she was always making or buying gifts for others,” Davis said.
RawStory notes that Davis’s Facebook page is awash in QAnon conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine and coronavirus misinformation and dubious legal theories.