Fort Sill Military Child Anna Carter dies of COVID-19

Jack Murphy
July 16, 2020 - 10:32 am
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13-year-old Anna Carter was the child of a service member at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. This week she became the youngest person in the state to die after being infected with the coronavirus.

Anna suffered from an autoimmune deficiency known as Scleroderma which, "is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases," according to the Scleroderma Foundation website.

Amber, her mother, described her daughter as, "such a pure soul. She was funny ... oh so funny, outgoing in everything theatrics and dance. She danced instead of walked most times. She played with David better than any of us. He knows how to pretend so well because of her. Imagination unbounded." David is Anna's younger brother.

On a Gofundme page set up in Anna's memory to support Scleroderma charities, Amber wrote about the heart-wrenching experience their family went through in recent days. Anna's symptoms appeared normal for a child with her condition, but very quickly took a turn for the worse.

The family rushed Anna to the hospital and she was going to see specialist doctors to figure out what could be done when her condition suddenly deteriorated.

"The medical staff tried so hard to keep her heart pumping," her mother described. "There was an army of workers performing CPR, volunteers prayed with me until my husband returned (only one parent is allowed in with a child at this point), police comforted my husband and myself while waiting for word, and our priest and deacon stood by our side the entire time. Then the doctor told us she had to call it as their last efforts were used and she was so sorry."

Afterward, Anna and her family tested positive for COVID-19 despite taking precautions and wearing masks.

"Bottom line, it’s unpredictable. It stole our Anna. Your most vulnerable loved ones could be suffering without even knowing they’re infected. Let’s continue to try our best to take care of them. They deserve at least that much," Amber wrote.

“Our entire Lawton Fort Sill community is deeply saddened. Our greatest condolences go out to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult and sad time,” the commander of Fort Sill, Maj. Gen. Ken Kamper said in a statement.

To date, there have been 44 deaths due to COVID-19 across Department of Defense, and of those, 25 are civilians and an additional five were dependents.

The GoFundMe page established to support Scleroderma charities in Anna's name can be found here.

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