12-Year-Old Beats COVID-19: ‘I Wanted For It All to Stop’

April 30, 2020

Juliet Daly was just a typical, healthy girl when she contracted coronavirus.

The 12-year-old almost died due to a heart condition that was triggered by COVID-19, reports Good Morning America.

Daly shared that she died for two minutes. Three weeks ago, the preteen was airlifted to Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, with heart failure.

"My stomach would not stop hurting," she said. "I didn't want to move. I didn't want to live. I wanted for it all to stop."

After she arrived at the hospital, Juliet was placed on a ventilator and treated in the intensive care unit. When doctors put a breathing tube down her throat, her heart stopped. Jennifer Day, Juliet's mother, said they had to do two minutes of CPR on her.

"At that point, my whole world just crumbled," Jennifer said.

According to her doctor, the 12-year-old's heart condition was caused by inflammation and triggered by COVID-19. She was on a ventilator for four days.

Dr. Jake Kleinmahon, a pediatric cardiologist at Ochsner Medical Center who treated Juliet, said that COVID-19 can infect the heart and can cause cells in the heart "to be unhappy and actually start to die."

Before testing positive for the virus, the preteen complained of severe abdominal pain. She did not show any typical symptoms of the virus.

Juliet is now back at home, where doctors say she will make a full recovery. Her mother said each night she goes into her room to check her pulse. Jennifer is "grateful" to doctors for saving her daughter's life.

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