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Seven-year-old girl dies three days after contracting COVID-19, virus caused her brain to swell

A seven-year-old girl from Knoxville, Tennessee, has died three days after contracting COVID-19, after the virus triggered a rare autoimmune disorder that caused her heart and brain to swell.

Jennifer and Adam Graviss said their daughter Adalyn came down with a fever on February 4, and an at-home COVID test came back positive.

But they told Good Morning America that she appeared to feel fine over the next day and a half, and even went outside to play on February 5. 

However, that night she suddenly became ‘lethargic’ and struggled to walk and speak, so they rushed her to the hospital – where doctors discovered swelling in her brain and heart.

On February 7, less than 72 hours after her positive test, Adalyn – who had recently been so excited to become a big sister – passed away. 

‘It was just so fast. Hours before going to the hospital, she was running in the front yard,’ said her dad, Adam. 

A seven-year-old girl from Knoxville, Tennessee, has died three days after contracting COVID-19 (pictured in 2020) 

Jennifer and Adam Graviss said their daughter Adalyn came down with a fever on February 4, and an at-home COVID test came back positive

Jennifer and Adam Graviss said their daughter Adalyn came down with a fever on February 4, and an at-home COVID test came back positive 

But she appeared to feel fine over the next day and a half, and even went outside to play on February 5

But she appeared to feel fine over the next day and a half, and even went outside to play on February 5 

Adalyn was taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville and put on an ECMO machine, which helps add oxygen to the blood when the lungs aren’t working.

Doctors performed an MRI and discovered ‘little clots’ and ‘swelling in her brain,’ which they believed were caused by a very rare autoimmune disease that trigged a ‘severe neurological response’ to COVID, Jennifer explained on Facebook

‘They are starting her on IVIG, steroids, blood thinners, and possibly plasmphoresis. This is going to be a long haul,’ her mom wrote.

‘She needs a miracle. We need our girl to wake up! We need our God to heal our sweet baby so she can come home.’ 

According to GMA, the little girl was diagnosed with myocarditis, a swelling of the heart. She was also diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), an immune system disorder that is triggered by viral infections and causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. 

NBC reported last year that there have been dozens of case reports since the pandemic started linking COVID-19 as the trigger for ADEM.

However, that night she suddenly became 'lethargic' and struggled to walk and speak, so they rushed her to the hospital - where doctors discovered swelling in her brain and heart

 However, that night she suddenly became ‘lethargic’ and struggled to walk and speak, so they rushed her to the hospital – where doctors discovered swelling in her brain and heart

She was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by viral infections

She was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by viral infections 

NBC reported last year that there have been dozens of case reports since the pandemic started linking COVID-19 as the trigger for ADEM. Adelyn is pictured with her mom, Jennifer, as a baby

NBC reported last year that there have been dozens of case reports since the pandemic started linking COVID-19 as the trigger for ADEM. Adelyn is pictured with her mom, Jennifer, as a baby

NBC reported last year that there have been dozens of case reports since the pandemic started linking COVID-19 as the trigger for ADEM. Adelyn is pictured with her mom, Jennifer, as a baby

At first she started to improve, but then, things ‘took a turn for the worst,’ her dad said, and she tragically passed away on February 7, less than three days since she tested positive for COVID.

Jennifer and Adam  said that Adalyn had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, since she only recently became eligible and they were still considering it.

But her parents insisted that they were all ‘very cautious,’ especially since Jennifer had just given birth to their second daughter, Ella, on January 28.  

‘If a kid was coughing she would ask to be moved because she didn’t want baby Ella to get it,’ she said.

Jennifer said that Adalyn had been so excited to become a big sister, and that she would wake up early before school every morning so that she had extra time with the newborn.  

Adalyn wasn't vaccinated against COVID, but her parents said they were 'very cautious' since Jennifer just gave birth to their second daughter on January 28. Adelyn is pictured in 2020

Adalyn wasn’t vaccinated against COVID, but her parents said they were ‘very cautious’ since Jennifer just gave birth to their second daughter on January 28. Adelyn is pictured in 2020

Jennifer said Adalyn, who loved playing basketball, dancing, and going to church, had the 'biggest heart'

Jennifer said Adalyn, who loved playing basketball, dancing, and going to church, had the ‘biggest heart’ 

Jennifer said Adalyn was so excited to be a big sister and would wake up early to have extra time with the newborn. Adelyn and her little sister are pictured together days before her death

Jennifer said Adalyn was so excited to be a big sister and would wake up early to have extra time with the newborn. Adelyn and her little sister are pictured together days before her death

She said: ‘She waited for years to be a big sister. Every night she would pray for God to give her a baby to be a big sister, and that’s what we’re so thankful for, that she was able to experience that for five days.

‘She would just sing to her and she would sit there and tell her stories like, “I’m going to be your best friend. Sissy’s going to show you so much, how to dance and how to play basketball and as soon as you’re big enough, we’re going to church.” She just wanted to be with the baby all the time.’

Adam added: ‘Ella’s going to have the coolest guardian angel looking over her, protecting her.’ 

Jennifer said Adalyn, who loved playing basketball, dancing, and going to church, had the ‘biggest heart.’

‘She loved her friends. She hugged teachers that weren’t even her teacher every morning,’ she recalled.

‘She would stop by the [school] office and give an update every day about baby Ella.

Jennifer said Adalyn, who loved playing basketball, dancing, and going to church, had the 'biggest heart' and that she was a 'happy girl'

Jennifer said Adalyn, who loved playing basketball, dancing, and going to church, had the ‘biggest heart’ and that she was a ‘happy girl’

According to her mom, Adalyn's most special relationship was with her dad. 'They were best buds,' she gushed

According to her mom, Adalyn’s most special relationship was with her dad. ‘They were best buds,’ she gushed

'She was just really fun, and we just took her everywhere. That's what makes it so hard. She was our best friend,' her dad added

‘She was just really fun, and we just took her everywhere. That’s what makes it so hard. She was our best friend,’ her dad added

‘We did everything with her, everything she wanted to do, from going to Disney World to playing basketball in the driveway in the dark to playing UNOs tournaments every night. She was just a happy girl.’

But according to her mom, Adalyn’s most special relationship was with her dad.

‘She did everything with [her] daddy,’ Jennifer gushed. ‘Every basketball game that she’d make a shot, she’d look back for daddy to be cheering her on. They were best buds.’

Adam agreed, adding that the couple never wanted to be apart from her. 

‘We just never wanted to be without her. We would have people all the time asking to babysit her and let us go out for a date night, but we never did,’ he said.

‘We just wanted to be with her. She was just really fun, and we just took her everywhere. That’s what makes it so hard. She was our best friend.’

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