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14-year-old contracts COVID-19, ‘I thought I was going to die’

Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For nearly two weeks Larry Williams lay in the hospital fighting for his life.

“I couldn’t breathe,” Williams said. “I was scared, I cried a little bit, I thought I was going to die.”

Multiple machines and a blood transfusion were keeping him alive.

“It felt like someone was pulling on my heart,” he said.

He was running a fever, experiencing loss of appetite and energy. But still, many doctors couldn’t give his mom, Vallanie Williams, a clear answer.

“He was going through so much, he was on so much medicine, there was that point that I thought maybe I could lose him,” she said.

Williams went to multiple hospitals around the state looking for answers for her son but it wasn’t until she went to the Baton Rouge clinic when doctors told her that Larry had the coronavirus.

Now Williams is at home and COVID-free. But his new normal includes taking three pills a day and checking his blood pressure. His life will never be the same.

“He can’t take those pleasures anymore of just running around the block of just picking up a football,” his mother said.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 97,000 children nationwide have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks.

Despite the rise, the AAP found hospitalizations and deaths in children remain uncommon. Children make up less than 1% of all COVID-19 deaths.

Williams hopes no child becomes part of that number

“1% is too many so we need to spread some awareness, I didn’t think it would happen to my child,” she said.

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