October 15, 2021

10-year-old Texas boy, Zyrin Foots, dies after COVID-19 battle

HOUSTON, Texas — A 10-year-old Texas boy who fought COVID-19 and different problems for greater than two weeks has died after his household needed to make the heart-wrenching determination to take away him from life assist.

Zyrin Foots died Wednesday afternoon, in line with his aunt.

The video above is from our sister station ABC13’s preliminary story on Foots and his battle in opposition to COVID-19.

Foots was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 30, and his physique progressively shut down as medical workers tried desperately to get him wholesome once more, his aunt, Ashley Engmann, stated.

Engmann advised ABC13 on Wednesday that docs had given her nephew’s mom two choices.

“They gave my sister a choice: to amputate his legs and arms or let him go,” Engmann stated on the time. “Without the amputation, he doesn’t have any chance to live. With it, he has a 25% chance.”

Foots was a pupil at Huntsville Intermediate Faculty the place his household believed he contracted the virus.

Engmann stated docs at Texas Youngsters’s Hospital advised them Zyrin’s case was one of many worst they’d seen.

Along with the virus, Zyrin contracted respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, his aunt stated. Zyrin additionally suffered from a uncommon however lethal COVID-19 complication often known as MIS-C. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in youngsters causes irritation in numerous components of the physique, together with the guts.

“Because his heart couldn’t pump blood, he developed gangrene in the legs,” Engmann stated.

The household has created a GoFundMe account for funeral bills.

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