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A mother whose 15-year-old daughter died of Covid on the day she was due to be vaccinated has warned children are too ‘blasé’ about the virus as she paid tribute to her ‘beautiful’ and ‘brave’ girl.

Jorja Halliday was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire after her flu-like symptoms left her unable to keep the water down and saw her heart rate reach double the normal rate.

Despite being placed on a ventilator, the aspiring musician never stabilized as her heart was overworked and she died on September 28 — just four days after receiving her PCR test results.

Preliminary results from the hospital’s medical examiner indicate that Jorja had Covid myocarditis – a heart infection caused by the virus.

Her mother, Tracey Halliday, 40, said: ‘They realized how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch her, hold her hand, hug her and everything else.

Jorja Halliday died of Covid on September 28 at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

‘They allowed me to. I’m at the point where I can’t believe it happened.

“I was with her the whole time. They tried to put her on a ventilator to give her body a chance to recover. Her heart rate did not stabilize. Her heart couldn’t handle the strain.

“They worked as well as I think they could medically, but couldn’t save her. She had the best care, I know they did everything they could to save her.’

The devastated mother now fears that children are too ‘blasé’ about the virus – with parents assuming their children will just recover.

She continued, “She was supposed to get the shot on Tuesday. But because she tested positive on Saturday, she went into isolation. When her isolation period was over, she would get it.

“The day she died was the day she had it done.”

Jorja was the oldest of five children and had two sisters Julie, 12, and Daisie, four, and two younger brothers, Kallum, six, and Oscar, who is just 18 months old.

Mrs. Halliday said: ‘It’s heartbreaking because your kids are meant to outlive you forever, and that’s the one thing I can’t get over.

“I like to think of myself as a thinker, I like to be busy, but I do take some time for myself and mourn with the kids.”

She added: “When I’m alone, when they’ve gone to bed and when I get memories all day long, I burst into tears.

‘She was a loving girl and she had many friends. She was very active, she liked to go out and spend time with her friends and she liked to spend time with her siblings.

“Growing up, she turned into a beautiful young lady, always willing to help others, always there for everyone when they needed them.”

The 15-year-old (pictured with her sibling) died just four days after receiving her PCR test results

The 15-year-old (pictured with her sibling) died just four days after receiving her PCR test results

The schoolgirl was the oldest of five children and had two sisters Julie, 12, and Daisie, four, and two younger brothers, Kallum, six, and Oscar, who is only 18 months old.

The schoolgirl was the oldest of five children and had two sisters Julie, 12, and Daisie, four, and two younger brothers, Kallum, six, and Oscar, who is only 18 months old.

Jorja worked on her GCSEs at The Portsmouth Academy in Hampshire

Jorja worked on her GCSEs at The Portsmouth Academy in Hampshire

What is myocarditis?

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. There are no specific causes of the condition, but it is usually caused by a virus.

Some of the most common infections that cause myocarditis are those called adenovirus and Coxsackie B.

It can be caused by the common cold, hepatitis B and C, and herpes simplex virus.

The most common symptoms of the condition are chest pain, fever, rapid heart rate, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

If the inflammation damages the heart muscle or the fibers that conduct electrical pulses to the heart, complications can arise.

They can develop quickly and include sudden loss of consciousness, an abnormally fast, slow or irregular heartbeat.

In very severe cases, the condition is fatal, causing heart failure or sudden death. The inflammation enlarges the heart and creates scar tissue, forcing it to work harder and making it weaker.

In most cases of viral myocarditis, the disease resolves and there are no complications.

But in rare cases, when the inflammation is severe, there may be damage to the heart that needs to be monitored and possibly a heart transplant.

A tribute to Jorja, her grandmother Julia Halliday, 62, said, “She was everything.”

Her martial arts teacher, Badr Bahaj, said she was a “role model” to many of the other kids at her training school, the AG Martial Arts center in Portsmouth.

He said, “All the kids knew and loved her and she was a role model to so many. It’s a shame and absolutely debilitating.

“Jorja was one of the kids who really developed and thrived in our club.

“She wanted to teach her when she was older. She also had a passion for learning and martial arts were no exception. It is devastating, it will break so many hearts.

“She is someone we will never forget. She’s one of the star students.’

Before her death, Jorja was working on her final exams at Portsmouth Academy in Hampshire.

The headmaster, Rachel Grey, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our beloved students. At this incredibly sad time, our thoughts go out to her family, whom Jorja loved dearly.

‘Jorja was a kindhearted, principled and passionate young person who was extremely popular with her 11th grade peers and all over the school.

“She was indeed a friend to all of us. She championed community values ​​and was an outstanding student, especially talented in the arts.

“Our school community is united in our grief and in deep shock.

“We are working together during this very difficult time and providing our students with all the support they need, including through our specialized pastoral teams.”

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle and is usually caused by a virus.

Some of the most common infections that cause myocarditis are those called adenovirus and Coxsackie B.

It can be caused by the common cold, hepatitis B and C, and herpes simplex virus.

The most common symptoms of the condition are chest pain, fever, rapid heart rate, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

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