AMARILLO, Texas – Parents of a kindergarten student in Texas who tested positive for COVID-19 said doctors told them she would be fine and discharged – less than 24 hours after she was died.
Her mother, Lastassija White, said they taught 5-year-old Tagan to be careful and always wear a mask in public.
“She knows she needs to wear a mask,” White said. “Like sometimes I forget my mask and she will say ‘mommy, you don’t have a mask! “
However, it was last Tuesday, when White noticed something was wrong for the first time.
“She was just sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. That continued until Tuesday and Wednesday. She was still eating and drinking, and then on Wednesday night, she started to hang out. So that Thursday, that̵7;s when I decided to take her to the emergency room, ”said White.
Tagan does not have common symptoms, such as fever, cough, or sore throat. That Thursday, however, she tested positive for COVID-19.
White explained, “And (the doctor) came, they discharged us and just told me she was going to be fine. It does not affect children, (and advised) not to leave her around anyone older. “
During the evening, she became weaker and weaker.
White continued, “I put her down and when I got up at 3 in the morning … she didn’t respond, but she was still breathing.”
Even after calling 9-1-1 and the emergency services arrived later that night, 5-year-old Tagan died.
Her father, Quincy Drone, said: “As parents, we feel our daughter can be saved. I mean, we feel that we’re not just saying that because it’s our daughter. To be honest we felt as if even… they probably shouldn’t have brought her home. I mean it’s just the mistakes that have been made… so many mistakes have cost the 5-year-old girl with her life.
While her parents are dealing with this tragedy, they want to raise awareness so that it doesn’t happen to other families.
“This doctor told us that our baby will be fine, and our baby has not even passed 24 hours. She died within the next 15 hours, ”said Drone.
“My daughter is completely healthy,” White said. “Completely healthy. Couldn’t have happened. “
The drone continued, “We are trying to bring out the light, so this is not going to happen anymore. We don’t want any parents to feel anything… we can’t even tell what we’re feeling right now. “
Tagan’s service will take place on Saturday at 11am at the Temple of Praise.
The Amarillo Independent School District, which oversees the kindergarten where Tagan attends, is reporting cases at their school but not deaths. The officials issued the following statement:
“Amarillo ISD does not endorse the deaths of students or staff. In relation to reporting COVID-19 cases, in an effort to be transparent, our district reports daily COVID-19 cases of students and staff on school websites and also reports to parents by e-mail each time there is a positive case in their child’s school. To answer your question about reporting any COVID-19 related deaths, it will be handled by the medical department. ”
All the photos used in this video were provided by Tagan’s parents, Quincy Drone and Lastassija White.