Sarah Simental Biography — Wiki
Sarah Simental is a high school student who had just celebrated her 18th birthday last month and was looking forward to graduating from high school next spring, when COVID-19 suddenly took her life earlier this week, just days after she complained of headaches and congestion.
Simental lost her battle with the virus on Sunday, a week after receiving her diagnosis.
Sarah Simental Age
Sarah Simental, from Tinley Park, Illinois, was 18 years old at the time of death.
Sarah Simental health conditions; parents
Parents Deborah and Donald Simental said Sarah was an otherwise healthy teenager with no underlying medical condition before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on her body.
‘She went into cardiac arrest, she had a brain bleed, it was deteriorating her kidneys, it just ate her through,’ Deborah told WLS-TV. ‘No parent should ever have to watch their child go through that. Nobody.’
According to the married mom-of-two from suburban Chicago, it all started a few days before Christmas, when Sarah first complained of mild cold-like symptoms. But the high school student’s condition rapidly deteriorated and her mother took her to get a COVID test on December 19, which came back positive the next day.
Over the next three days, Sarah continued adding new and increasingly concerning symptoms, including vomiting, chills and body aches.
Her parents rushed Sarah to Silver Cross Hospital two days before Christmas, but her health continued rapidly declining, and she was eventually airlifted to University of Chicago Medical Center, according to reporting by the Chicago Tribune.
‘I know she fought because one of the last times I was able to talk to her on the phone, they were taking her from the regular room to ICU and she said “I am going to be OK, mom,” and that was the last thing,’ Deborah recalled.
Sarah Simental with no underlying health conditions dies of COVID-19
Despite the doctors’ efforts to save her, Sarah Simental passed away on December 26, less than a week after her COVID diagnosis.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the high school student died of acute hypoxic respiratory failure due to COVID-19 infection, with non-traumatic cerebral hemorrhages as a contributing factor.
Sarah’s parents said their daughter was spending much of her time at home with her family and her dog, Bailey, and they do not know where she contracted the virus. Her 20-year-old brother, Matthew, had come down with a mild case of the disease in August and recovered.
The Simmentals said they have decided to share their daughter’s story to remind the public that COVID-19 does not only affect the elderly, or people with underlying health conditions.
‘Sarah is an example that it can happen to the youngest and healthiest people,’ Deborah said.
What we know so far about Sarah Simental
Three days after Sarah’s death, Luke Letlow, Louisiana’s incoming Republican Congressman who was just days away from being sworn into office, succumbed to COVID. He was 41 years old. Doctors said the married father-of-two did not have any underlying health conditions that would have placed him at greater risk for the disease.
Education, Family, Funeral
Sarah was a senior at Lincoln-Way East High School and volunteered at P.A.W.S of Tinley Park, a pet rescue organization.
She is survived by her parents, brother and grandparents.
Sarah’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon in Orland Park, Illinois.