A college student in Indiana died in her dorm room after she tested positive for coronavirus, school officials and her family said.
Bethany Nesbitt, 20, was found dead in a dormitory at Grace College, a Protestant Christian school in Winona Lake, about 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne, around 10 a.m. on Friday. know in a statement.
A Kosciusko County investigative officer said that Nesbitt tested positive for the virus and that the cause of her death was thought to be “natural due to previously undiscovered pulmonary embolism,” according to the statement. school. Pulmonary embolism is an obstruction of an artery in the lungs, most commonly caused by a blood clot.
Coroner Tony Ciriello said COVID-19, a disease caused by a virus, contributed to the death of Nesbitt.
Her brother, Stephen Nesbitt, a sports writer for The Athletic, issued a statement on Twitter on behalf of the family. He said that his sister started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms one week before dying and then tested positive for the virus, but she never got a result because of the error. letters.
Days before her death, Bethany Nesbitt, who had asthma, was taken to the emergency room due to a decrease in oxygen saturation.
“An emergency room doctor determined that Bethany was most likely to have COVID-19, but this is not a serious case and she appears to be recovering,” he said in his tweet. His sister went back to her one-room dormitory for quarantine.
“On October 28, she told her family that she had gone away from fever for 24 hours and that her oxygen levels were normalizing,” her brother wrote. “She has been encouraged.”
Two days later, she was found dead in her room.
Stephen Nesbitt said the family was heartbroken about this death, but wanted to encourage everyone to take the appropriate safety precautions.
“There will be an empty chair on our table the next time our family comes together – and every time after that,” the family statement was written. “This loss is forever. We beg you to take this virus seriously. And we pray for your health and safety this holiday season.”
Her father, Steve Nesbitt, remembers her as a “selfless and loving friend” and “a constant source of encouragement to everyone around her.”
Steve Nesbitt wrote on the Facebook page for ULAT, a language education program he created: “She has a passion for helping others, especially children, and her great sense of humor and laughter. that makes them feel comfortable.
Bethany Nesbitt, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, and the youngest of a family of nine, is studying psychology at Grace College and plans to become a children’s life expert for kids. I am sick and disabled, the school said. She is on track to graduate in May.
“Grace University students, faculty and staff continue to pray for the Nesbitt family and mourn the death of a beloved classmate, Bethany Nesbitt. We are also working with the family to honor Bethany’s legacy, “University President Bill Katip said in a statement. She will always be remembered for her cheerful spirit, her love for God and others, and her positive impact on campus. “
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