Life didn't exactly deal Alexa Rose Veit with the best hand when she was born. She had Down syndrome. At only 15, she was diagnosed with fearsome blood cancer (leukemia); but she beat it within a month, only to lose her life to Covid-19.
According to Kentucky governor Andy Beshear, she was a total champ:
On day 30 of a two-year treatment plan, she'd beaten cancer.
This was exactly like her. She was a relentless fighter.
Alexa wasn't the kind of person to let anything get in her way and stop her plans.
Her friends considered her a social butterfly. They also fondly remembered her infectious smile that "could brighten any day."
Travis Holder, the Emergency Management Director of Ballard County, had this to say about the girl:
She was a freshman at Ballard Memorial High School, a member of the Choir, an active member of her church youth group and (thoroughly) enjoyed time with her family and friends.
Alexa Started Feeling Sick While At School
During the Halloween period, she started feeling a little under the weather while at school. Her mom went to pick her up.
A few weeks later, the girl and her mother tested positive for Covid-19.
Her mother ended up on a ventilator, but Alexa stayed at home for only mild symptoms.
At the same time, Alexa's grandparents also tested positive for the virus and got hospitalized. According to Holder:
As the days went on, Alexa began to feel a little worse each day and was eventually hospitalized due to Covid-19 and the development of pneumonia.
Following this development, she was taken to Nashville, where her regular doctors took care of her. Her older sister was by her side, having recently beat Covid-19.
Alexa Gets Worse, Loses The Battle To Cancer
Alexa's situation kept getting worse, and soon she was put on a ventilator.
However, a day after her mother was discharged from hospital, Alexa died.
Her mother was by her side.
The governor had nothing but great things to say about the girl:
Alexa was and is a beautiful child of God and I know individuals that looked up to her, individuals whose kids looked up to her for the positivity and enthusiasm, and advocacy that she brought.
This is a big loss for that community.
He went on to explain:
Those who knew Alexa asked us to help raise awareness of how deadly this virus is and how important it is to follow the guidelines in place. Today and every day, I'll wear my mask for Alexa, and I hope you will too.
Her friend Holder had this to say:
We have got to come to the realization that this is real. This isn't political. It's not something that 'has always been here.' It is real. We must start taking the precautions seriously.
Soon after, the governor announced additional measures to help limit the spread of Covid-19. Just recently, the state experienced its highest number of daily Covid-19 cases.
The nation as a whole is facing a tougher challenge as Covid-19 cases continue to soar.