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14-year-old US ‘sensation’ dies of COVID19

In an undated photo via the Hodges family, Honestie Hodges. (Via Hodges family via The New York Times)

Honestie Hodges, who was handcuffed by the police outside her home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, when she was 11, an incident that drew outrage in 2017, died Sunday.

She was 14, Yahoo news reported.

Her death, at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, was caused by COVID-19, her grandmother Alisa Niemeyer wrote in a post on the website GoFundMe.

Honestie developed severe stomach pains on Nov. 9, her 14th birthday. Taken to the hospital, she tested positive for the new coronavirus and was sent home.

But her condition worsened that evening, an ambulance was called, and she was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Condition never improved

Over the next few days she received iron and blood transfusions as complications arose. She was placed on a ventilator on Nov. 14. But her condition never improved.

On Sunday, Niemeyer wrote: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to tell you that my beautiful, sassy, smart, loving granddaughter has gone home to be with Jesus.”

Niemeyer had created the GoFundMe page to collect donations for her daughter, Whitney Hodges, who had to stop working to care for Honestie and her four other children.

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