Georgia Girl, 4, Dies of COVID a Day After Testing Positive

A 4-year-old girl from Evans, Georgia, has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Chris Wishart and Pamela Foladare's young daughter, Addison, lost her life on Saturday, one day after it was discovered that she had contracted the virus.

She had recently undergone colon surgery, and her recovery had initially appeared to be going well.

However, her parents took her back to the Children's Hospital of Georgia when her condition deteriorated. She started vomiting and lost the ability to hold down food.

"She was good. She was great before the surgery, and then after that, she came back home and she was great for the few days she was, and then the moment she had to be rushed back, we just knew," they told WRDW.

She tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and died a day later.

On a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for funeral costs and raise awareness of the impact that COVID-19 can have on young children, she was described by her aunt Sina Trotman as "as much tomboy as she was princess and the perfect combination of sugar and spice."

The vast majority of people who have lost their lives to COVID have been either elderly or suffering from underlying health conditions, but the virus has also caused serious illness in significant numbers of children and healthy young people.

Furthermore, scientists have linked Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a new and rare condition that can affect young people's hearts, lungs, kidneys, brains, skin, eyes, and gastrointestinal organs, with COVID-19.

As of August 22, 4,661 MIS-C cases had resulted in 41 fatalities, according to the CDC.

A CDC report published on Friday revealed that weekly hospitalization rates for 0-to-17-year-olds suffering from conditions linked to COVID-19 rose "rapidly" in the weeks spanning late June to mid-August.

The rate grew fastest among 0-to-4-year-olds, with the number of children being admitted to the hospital during the week ending August 14, 2021, 10 times greater than during the week ending June 26.

The CDC has also found that hospitalization rates were approximately 10 times higher for unvaccinated 12-to-17-year-olds than they were for fully vaccinated people of the same age, between June 20 and July 31.

Children under the age of 12 are currently ineligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC instead recommends universal indoor masking for people aged 2 and older, and is urging childcare centers to implement indoor masking as a requirement to protect children who are too young to be vaccinated.

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Hospitalization rates for children suffering from COVID-19-linked illnesses rose throughout the summer. Steven White/iStock