- A 12-year-old Ghanaian native based in Belgium has reportedly died of the coronavirus
- The teenager had a fever but was reportedly sent home by a doctor who thought she was having an allergic reaction
- Her condition worsened after she got home and died as a result of coronavirus
A 12-year-old Ghanaian indigene resident in Belgium has reportedly died of coronavirus after she was sent home from the hospital.
She is the youngest person to have died of coronavirus in the country.
The Sun UK also reports that the 12-year-old girl was reportedly sent home by a doctor who thought she was having an allergic reaction.
She had fever and doctors gave her medication to address it, and a GP told her mother that the coronavirus "seemed out of the question" as a possible cause.
But her condition worsened after she got home to the point that, she was struggling to breathe.
Her mother, a Ghanaian, phoned for an ambulance, but a language barrier meant an operator was not able to tell what she wanted.
The call ended without an ambulance being dispatched, and dispatchers were unable to reconnect with the mother after three attempts to call her back.
Emergency workers also listened back to the first call but were still unable to tell what the mother was asking for.
Police were sent to the address but by then a friend had taken the family to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
The 12-year-old has been reported as the youngest person to have died from the virus in Europe.
The student, who was from Detroit, was expected to graduate with a chemical engineering degree in a few weeks, The Detroit News reports.
The deceased's sister identified as Asari Offiong said her brother told her he was turned down several times for the coronavirus test in the Kalamazoo area while living off-campus.
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