her mother’s heartbreaking tale

“We will never have an answer,” said his mother. At 16, Julie A. died of coronavirus in Paris, making her the youngest French victim of the pandemic, yet reputed to affect mainly the elderly or vulnerable. “It’s unbearable,” said Sabine, the girl’s mother, simply.

By speaking at full speed, she evokes “the shock of losing a child”, “the meaning of life”, the obligation to “continue”. “We had to have a classic life,” she said finally, joined Thursday by phone by hooly News, at her home in the Paris suburbs. “She just had a cough,” repeats Sabine. A small, mild-looking cough that appeared a week ago that she had tried to treat with syrup, herbs, inhalations.

Saturday, Julie begins to feel short of breath. “Not huge, she was having a hard time catching her breath,” recalls her mother. Then come the coughing fits, which push her Monday to drive her daughter, without any particular health problem, to the doctor.

There, the general practitioner notes an “acceptable” respiratory deficiency. He decides to call the Samu, finally it is the firemen who arrive. Full wetsuits, masks, gloves, “it’s the 4th dimension,” says the mother. They take the young girl, wearing a paper mask under her oxygen mask, to the nearest hospital, in Longjumeau, in Essonne.

Sabine goes home. When she calls the hospital a little later, she is told of a CT scan, pulmonary opacities, “nothing serious”. A Covid-19 test is underway. But in the night, Julie, in respiratory insufficiency, is transferred to the Necker hospital for children, in Paris. Two other tests at Covid-19 are being carried out.

“My heart hurts”

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