WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Peyton Baumgarth, 13, is remembered by family and friends as a kind and compassionate person, but a true joker.
An 8th grade student in Franklin County died over the weekend from complications caused by the coronavirus virus, the first death under 18 in the state.
Stephanie Franek, the boy’s mother, told News 4 that she tested positive for the coronavirus on October 26 and Baumgarth is believed to have the virus because the boy is having symptoms. She said that he doesn’t have any basic condition, but his condition deteriorates rapidly.
“He’s not getting better at all and it’s getting worse and worse, to the point where he needs medical attention,” said Franek.
Franek said Peyton was admitted to the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital on Thursday and died on Saturday.
“This is just something no parent has to do, and I don’t even know how to breathe, let alone pass days, weeks, months and years without him. .
Baumgarth is an 8th grade student at Washington Middle School.
“We extend our sincere sympathy to the family,” the school officials said in an email to parents and staff.
Additional counselors will be assigned on Wednesdays when students return to middle school for assistance.
“Because we know this will emotionally affect our school community, we encourage you to be particularly sensitive and prepare to support your child (s) during this difficult time” , email write.
A family friend created a GoFundMe account to help with medical and funeral expenses.
Franek says that if anything good can come from the death of her son, everyone will follow the principles of safety and take pandemic seriously.
“Wear a mask when in public, wash your hands and know that COVID is real,” she said.
On Sunday, the Franklin County Department of Health reported 44 new cases, seven of which were children who tested positive. They range from a 3-year-old boy in Leslie to a 16-year-old girl in Gerald.
In the past 10 days, according to health department data, 16 children tested positive, including a 1 year old boy from the Sullivan area.
According to the Missouri Department of Health, five people between 18 and 24 have died from the virus in the state so far. The state coronavirus dashboard did not show anyone under the age of 18 dead, Peyton’s death would be the first.
A total of 16,915 Missouri people under the age of 18 have been infected with the virus statewide to date.