A student was found dead in a university room where she was quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus.
Bethany Nesbitt, 20, was discovered in her hall at Grace College in Indiana on Friday (local time), a notice from the university said.
Investigators said she had an undetectable blockage of an artery in her lungs and that Covid-19’s diagnosis contributed to her death.
Her brother, sports journalist Stephen Nesbitt, shared a family statement on Twitter, adding that “their hearts are broken”.
After she fell ill, she was cared for by her mother because she had asthma and was later diagnosed with a viral infection.
Her family revealed doctors told her she had contracted a mild case of the virus after her oxygen levels dropped.
She returned to her dormitory for quarantine and then told her family that she had been free of the virus for 24 hours. She was examined on October 29, but the results were not processed immediately.
“That night, Bethany watched Netflix and went to bed. She was found dead at 10 a.m., ”the announcement read.
Our hearts are broken. My sweet sister, Bethany, died when she slept in a dorm room on Thursday night. She is 20 years old. She is positive for COVID-19. The cause of death is pulmonary embolism – the result of a blood clot – widely recognized as the most common cause of death in COVID-19 patients. pic.twitter.com/w6ky17Ra8v
– Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) November 3, 2020
Bethany knows it is a risk to return to college this term, but she remains committed to her education, her family said.
They urge younger generations not to think they will not be affected by the virus.
“Bethany was careful. She wears a mask. She is socially aloof, ”said the Bethany family.
“This loss is forever. We urge you to take this virus seriously ”.
Bethany is the youngest of 9 children and will graduate in May. She plans to become a children’s life specialist for children with diseases and disabilities.