Beware of homecare, teen dies in Florida after taking unproven treatment

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MANILA – It was too late for a 17-year-old Florida girl to be brought to a hospital for proper treatment.  The girl, Carsyn Leigh Davis, who died on June 23 from Covid-19 was treated of her symptoms at home by her family for nearly a week before taking her to a hospital. He was the youngest victim of Covid-19 in Lee County, one of the hardest hit areas in the State of Florida.

About two weeks before her death she attended a 100-person church function and, according to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office, “She did not wear a mask.  Social distancing was not followed.”

According to a published USA Today post on July 8, the home care included giving the girl unproven drugs and putting her on an oxygen tank used by her grandfather.  Before her death, the girl had struggled with a number of health issues over the years, including a rare nervous-system disorder that resolved when she was 5, obesity and an auto-immune disorder.

Her mother, a nurse and a man identified as her father, a physician assistant, gave the girl azithromycin-an antibiotic being studied as a potential Covid-19 treatment—as a protective measure, according to the report.  

The report further said that on June 13, the girl developed a frontal headache, sinus pressure, and mild cough and on June 19, the girl’s mother noticed that she looked “gray” while sleeping.  The girl was then given an unspecified dose of hydroxychloroquine — an arthritis and lupus drug some, including President Donald J. Trump have touted as possible treatment for the pandemic.

It was not known whether the girl had a prescription for either drug. There is little evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an effective Covid-19 treatment.  The US Food and Drug Administration has warned people not to use the drug outside of supervised hospital settings because of potential to cause heart, liver and kidney problem.

Her parents then employed oxygen used by her grandfather, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, before taking her to Gulf Coast Medical Center in south Fort Myers.  She underwent plasma treatment and was later intubated to no effect.

Her mother, Carole Brunton Davis, said: “We are incredibly saddened by her passing at this young age, but are comforted that she is pain-free. Heaven gained an angel. Carsyn did not have an easy life.”

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