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Teen Dies After Catching COVID-19 From Church Party And Taking Hydroxychloroquine

A 17-year-old girl died in a Florida hospital in late June, and the details of what led to her death are catching a lot of public attention. The medical examiner’s report states that Carsyn Davis caught the novel coronavirus at a church event attended by over 100 people that did not require masks or make people practice social distancing in spite of the fact that Davis was immunocompromised. Davis survived a bout of cancer at age two and a rare nervous-system disorder at age five.

After the teen began to exhibit symptoms, her parents treated her with antibiotics (which only work on bacteria, not viruses) and hydroxychloroquine, that drug that Donald Trump was pushing as a treatment for COVID-19 for a while until it was conclusively proven to be ineffective and dangerous. At least one study into the drug was shut down because it started killing people.

Davis’ parents also reported treated her with oxygen from her grandfather’s portable machine.

The teen was admitted to the hospital on June 19 and doctors recommended intubation, but her parents declined. They ended up intubating three days later, but it was too late, and Davis died on the following day.

This particular case was noticed and put on blast by data scientist Rebekah Jones, the woman who was removed from her position with Florida Department of Health because, Jones alleges, they disliked her commitment to “accessibility and transparency” with regard to state COVID-19 data. She has since launched her own website to independently track this data, and while working on the project, she was angered by the details in the Davis case.

“I started looking into her mother, the church where the COVID party was held with more than 100 children, her health history, and who she was and I felt so angry and sad that this happened,” she said.

The church where Davis caught the virus, the First Assembly of God, has denied allegations that their event was a “COVID party” and claims that they are “following all health protections and protocols recommended by the state and local government.” They have also removed a YouTube video of the event and shut down their Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Raw Story reports that the teen’s mother, Carole Brunton Davis, has a Facebook page that is “awash in QAnon conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine and coronavirus misinformation and dubious legal theories.” These types of sentiments are common among Trump supporters, which would help explain why Davis was given hydroxychloroquine and refused recommended treatment.

Some are calling Davis’ death the result of child abuse due to the fact that her parents gave her unapproved treatments and initially declined intubation.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help cover the medical expenses for Davis’ ultimately unsuccessful treatment. As of this article’s publishing, it has raised over $14,000 of its $55,000 goal.