Coronavirus sufferer, 18, told dad she ‘felt fine’ and was ‘just a little tired’ moments before dying from bug – The Sun

AN 18-YEAR-old with coronavirus told her father she “felt fine” and was "just a little tired" moments before dying.

Caitlin Whisnant died in Chicago earlier this month, only two weeks after celebrating her milestone birthday.

Caitlin’s heartbroken father, Jody, recalled his final conversation with his daughter over video call, checking in on her condition after contracting COVID-19.

Jody said his daughter insisted: “Dad, I feel fine. I’m just a little tired.”

Caitlin's mother, Kristin tragically found her daughter unresponsive just moments later.

The grieving mother said that while she tried to revive her, Caitlin couldn’t be saved.

Caitlin was born with a genetic immune deficiency, making her more vulnerable to the deadly disease.

She was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month.

Caitlin went into quarantine at her sister’s house and had reportedly only experienced minor symptoms.

Caitlin was the youngest of five children, described by her parents as a “kind, quiet, loving, a wonderful child.”

Joey has paid tribute to his daughter, saying: “Even as a teenager she would hold my hand."

"She would my wife’s hand when we’d go out in public, and you know how rare that is."

"She didn’t care who knew how much she loved her family.”

Speaking to CBS Chicago, Kristin added: “Caitlin, she was my right hand here."

"If something needed to be done, she was always here helping me.”

Caitlin’s funeral was held on Saturday, with only close family able to attend due to coronavirus social distancing guidelines.

Her parents have urged others to take the threat of coronavirus seriously in the wake of her death, as calls grow for lockdowns across the US to be lifted.

Jody said: “You and I may feel fine, but this is about everyone else. It’s about the bigger picture.”

According to CBS Chicago, Kristin has also tested positive COVID-19 and is recovering.

No other family member has symptoms, they say.

Caitlin is one of three coronavirus victims under the age of 19 in her home state of Illinois.

While the disease is usually less dangerous in younger people, it can also cause serious complications – particularly those with underlying health conditions.

There are now at least 1,053,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the US, and 61,547 reported deaths, according to John Hopkins University.

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