Coronavirus: North Carolina second grader dies from severe coronavirus complications

North Carolina second grader dies due to coronavirus complications

Aurea Soto Morales, a second grader at Creekside Elementary School, died Monday after she was hospitalized at UNC Hospital for severe complications from the coronavirus.

In a GoFundMe, which has raised more than $12,600, organizers said COVID-19 caused swelling in her brain. She later went into a coma and died.

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Her father, mother and sister have also contracted the virus, according to the GoFundMe.

Creekside Elementary School released the following statement:

“Our whole Creekside community’s heart is broken over the loss of one of our wonderful students, who was a shining light wherever she went. Even though we must remain physically distant due to COVID-19, we are still reaching out to support our children, families, and staff during this difficult time. We ask that the family and our Creekside community be given privacy so that we may have the space and time to grieve.”

FILE PHOTO: Aurea Soto Morales, a second grader at Creekside Elementary School, died Monday after she was hospitalized at UNC Hospital for severe complications from the coronavirus.
FILE PHOTO: Aurea Soto Morales, a second grader at Creekside Elementary School, died Monday after she was hospitalized at UNC Hospital for severe complications from the coronavirus. (Eloisa Sanchez de Alba/Getty Images)