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Teenage cancer survivor dies of coronavirus after her mother took her to church ‘COVID party’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 08/07/2020 Eva Wall
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Teenage cancer survivor Carsyn Davis has died of coronavirus after her mother took her to a ‘COVID party’ in their church.

In June, 17-year-old Carsyn Davis passed away in Miami, Florida, after she attended a gathering in a church with her mother Carole Brunton Davis in which no social distancing was observed and none of the 100 guests wore face masks.

Described as a ‘release party’ on Facebook, the church gathering promised a DJ, music and games but data scientist Rebekah Jones described the event as a ‘COVID party’ on her Florida COVID Victims website.

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Teenage cancer survivor Carsyn Davis has died of coronavirus after her mother took her to a ‘COVID party’ in their church. Pic: Florida COVID Victims © Provided by Extra.ie Teenage cancer survivor Carsyn Davis has died of coronavirus after her mother took her to a ‘COVID party’ in their church. Pic: Florida COVID Victims

Ms Jones took aim at Ms Brunton Davis’s decision ‘to intentionally expose her immuno-compromised daughter to this virus’.

Speaking to Newsweek about Carsyn’s death, Ms Jones asserted: ‘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.’

Ms Jones, a former statistician for the state of Florida, has claimed that she lost her job after she refused to manipulate COVID-19 figures to give the impression that state authorities had managed the public health crisis more successfully. Since her dismissal, Ms Jones has begun recording data related to the outbreak in an independent capacity online.

a woman standing in front of a computer: Data scientist Rebekah Jones took aim at Ms Brunton Davis’s decision ‘to intentionally expose her immuno-compromised daughter to this virus’. Pic: Syracuse University © Provided by Extra.ie Data scientist Rebekah Jones took aim at Ms Brunton Davis’s decision ‘to intentionally expose her immuno-compromised daughter to this virus’. Pic: Syracuse University

It remains unclear whether Carsyn first contracted COVID-19 at the church party. While a report into her death confirmed the teenager’s attendance at the event, it was not explicitly stated that the gathering was held to expose guests to the virus.

Carsyn’s mother posted an emotional tribute to her late daughter on her GoFundMe page, writing: ‘Even through the ravages of COVID, fighting to breathe, she never once shed a tear, complained or expressed fear’.

Mrs Brunton Davis has yet to respond to the allegations levelled against her by Ms Jones. It has also been alleged that Mrs Brunton Davis used a Facebook page that has now been deleted to criticise campaigns to increase face mask usage in a bid to slow coronavirus transmission.

Carsyn, who was obese and suffered from a neurological disorder, attended the ‘Release Party’ at the First Youth Church in Fort Myers on June 10. A Facebook post promoting the event stated: ‘Service is back and better than ever! There will be games, awesome giveaways, free food, a DJ and music, and the start of our new sermon series.’

As a preventative measure, Mrs Brunton Davis gave her daughter the antibiotic azithromycin between June 10 and June 15, during which period the teenager developed a headache and mild cough.

As Carsyn slept on June 19, Mrs Brunton Davis noticed her daughter ‘looked grey’, and decided to connect the teenager to an oxygen supply belonging to her grandfather, who has a heart condition. Carsyn’s parents also gave their daughter hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug controversially touted by US President Donald Trump as a coronavirus treatment.

a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Carsyn, who was obese and suffered from a neurological disorder, attended the ‘Release Party’ at the First Youth Church in Fort Myers on June 10. Pic: Florida COVID Victims © Provided by Extra.ie Carsyn, who was obese and suffered from a neurological disorder, attended the ‘Release Party’ at the First Youth Church in Fort Myers on June 10. Pic: Florida COVID Victims

When hydroxychloroquine failed to improve Carsyn’s health, her parents took her to a local hospital. The teenager was admitted to a specialist paediatric intensive care unit, where she received plasma infusions after her parents initially refused to allow her to be put on a ventilator.

As her condition continued to deteriorate, Carsyn was put on a ventilatory but tragically passed away on June 23, two days after her 17th birthday. Paying tribute to her daughter on her GoFundMe page, Mrs Brunton Davis stated: ‘We are incredibly saddened by her passing at this young age, but are comforted that she is pain free.’

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