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Jorja Halliday had canceled her vaccine appointment because she was isolating.

"I can't comprehend that it's happened," her mother, Tracey, said.

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A 15-year-old girl from the United Kingdom died of COVID-19 on the day she was due to get her vaccine, her family said.

Jorja Halliday, from Portsmouth, died at the Queen Alexandra hospital on Tuesday, four days after having tested positive for the virus.

She had canceled her vaccine appointment because she was isolating.

Jorja's mother, Tracey Halliday, said that the high school student was a "loving girl" with lots of friends, an aspiring musician, and a talented kickboxer.

"She was very active, she liked to go out and spend time with her friends and loved spending time with her brothers and sisters," said Ms. Halliday, according to The Guardian.

"Growing up, she turned into a beautiful young lady, always wanting to help others, always there for everybody. It's heart-wrenching because your kids are always meant to outlive you, and that's the one thing I can't get over."

Ms. Halliday said that Jorja, who had no underlying health conditions, had developed flu-like symptoms before taking a PCR test that gave a positive result.

The teenager's symptoms continued to worsen and by Monday she couldn't eat because her throat hurt, at which point she was given antibiotics.

A doctor admitted her to hospital because her heart rate was "double what it should have been."

"They realized how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch her, hold her hand, hug her, and everything else," said Ms. Halliday.

"They did allow me that. I'm at the point where I can't comprehend that it's 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 didn't stabilize. Her heart couldn't take the strain. They worked as well as I think they could medically but were unable to save her.

"She had the best of care, I know that they did everything they could to save her."

As of October 3, over 159,000 people in the UK have died of COVID-19.

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Schoolgirl, 15, died of Covid on the day that she was due to receive vaccine

Cambridgeshire Live 05 October, 2021 - 04:41am

Aspiring musician Jorja, a GCSE student at The Portsmouth Academy, died at Queen Alexandra Hospital on Tuesday after being tested for the virus on Friday.

Her mum Tracey Halliday, 40, said she broke the news to Jorja’s devastated siblings who are rallying to support each other in grief.

‘She was very active, she liked to go out and spend time with her friends and loved spending time with her brothers and sisters.

‘Growing up she turned into a beautiful young lady, always wanting to help others, always there for everybody when they needed them.’

She added: ‘It’s heart wrenching because your kids are always meant to outlive you, and that’s the one thing I can’t get over.’

Her sister Julie, 12, said she was a ‘lovely sister’ while her eldest brother Kallum, six, has written a poem about her and told his mum: ‘I miss Jorja.’

Daisie, four, knows that Jorja is ‘sleeping’ but is ‘not under any impression she’s going to wake up,’ Tracey said. Little Oscar, 18 months, is too young to understand.

Tracey said: ‘I like to think of myself as a thinker, I like to keep busy but I do take some time for myself and grieve with the children.

‘But then on my own, when they’ve gone to bed, and when I get the reminders throughout the day, I burst into tears.’

Tracey has urged her children to keep talking about Jorja, even if people are upset.

‘With the younger children I don’t want them to think they can’t talk about her,’ she said.

‘I’ve explained to Kallum that we want to talk about Jorja because we will always remember her.’

Year 11 pupil Jorja, who is remembered as courageous and outgoing by friends, was studying music, art and Spanish at school.

She felt unwell with flu-like symptoms on Friday and underwent a PCR test.

By Saturday her result came back positive for Covid, with her isolating in her bedroom at the family home in Buckingham Green.

She was struggling to eat on Sunday but by Monday she couldn’t eat at all due to her throat hurting. Her mum called a doctor who prescribed antibiotics.

The next evening she could not keep water down. She was seen by a doctor who said her heart rate was double what it should be - and she was taken to QA.

Tracey said: ‘They realised how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch her, hold her hand, hug her and everything else.

‘They did allow me that. I’m at the point where I can’t comprehend that it’s 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 didn’t stabilise. Her heart couldn’t take the strain.

‘They worked as well as I think they could medically but were unable to save her.’

She added: ‘She had the best of care, I know that they did everything they could to save her.’

Tracey worries children are too ‘blase’ about the virus, and that adults think children will simply recover.

‘She was going to have the jab on Tuesday,’ Tracey said. ‘But because she tested positive on Saturday she was isolating. When her isolation period was over she was going to get it.

‘The day that she passed away was the day that she would have had it done.’

Some 57.3 per cent of children aged 16-17 have received one dose of the vaccine in Portsmouth, compared to 54.5 per cent in England.

Preliminary results from QA’s medical examiner indicate Jorja had Covid myocarditis, heart inflammation caused by the virus.

Her grandmother Julia Halliday, 62, added: ‘She was everything.’

Jorja is survived by her grandfather George Halliday, 53, aunt Lucie Atkins, 41, and 13-year-old niece Grace Barrett.

Martial arts trainer Badr Bahaj, who runs AG Martial Arts where Jorja trained, said she was a ‘role model’ to other students.

He said: ‘She was good to the point where she was so good at what she did she could actually assist the instructors in their classes.

‘She was assisting the kids – we’ve got over 100 members in Portsmouth and she was their at most classes.

‘All the kids knew her and loved her and she was a role model to so many. It’s a shame and absolutely gutting.

‘Jorja was one of the children that really did develop and thrive in our club.

‘She wanted to teach it when she was older. She also had a passion for learning and martial arts was no exception.

‘It’s devastating, it’s going to break so many hearts. She’s someone we’ll never forget. She’s one of the star students.’

Rachel Grey, principal of The Portsmouth Academy, said: ‘We are desperately sad about the tragic death of one of our much-loved students, Jorja Halliday. At this incredibly sad time, our hearts go out to her family, whom Jorja loved dearly.

‘Jorja was a kind-hearted, principled and passionate young person who was enormously popular among her peers in Year 11 and across the whole school. She was, indeed, a friend to us all. She stood up for community values and was an excellent student, especially talented in art.

‘Our school community is united in our grief and in deep shock. We are pulling together during this very difficult time, including providing our students with all the support they need, including through our specialist pastoral teams.’

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The Guardian 05 October, 2021 - 04:41am

A 15-year-old girl from Portsmouth has died with Covid-19 on the day she was due to be vaccinated. Jorja Halliday died on Tuesday, four days after she received a positive PCR test result. Describing her daughter, Tracey Halliday said the GCSE student was "loving", a talented kickboxer and aspiring musician. Jorja did not have any underlying health conditions, her mother said. Preliminary results after she was admitted to hospital indicated Jorja had Covid myocarditis, heart inflammation caused by the virus. Read more about which countries are vaccinating children and why.

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Jorja Halliday, 15, died last Tuesday, hours after being rushed to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Her sister Julie, 12, says she was it was a "complete shock" how quickly her condition deteriorated.

"I was told that she had a lot of back pain, and she was very, very ill. She was very pale like a ghost," she said.

A medical team tried to save Jorja, but were unable to stabilise her racing heart.

Julie was allowed to visit the hospital to say her final goodbyes.

"We started bursting into tears. We sat down, held her hand and gave her hugs and kisses, and I gave her a matching teddy so me and and her have got matching teddies," she said.

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Jorja had four younger siblings and lived with her mum Tracey in Portsmouth.

It was Tracey's fortieth birthday last week, but the planned family celebrations were cancelled.

Tracey's sister, Lucie Atkins, says her "loving, kind and generous" niece was liked by everyone and "an amazing human being".

Lucie described the last few days as "horrendous", for the family as they start to plan Jorja's funeral.

"The shock has come because of how quickly everything progressed. It was out of the blue. She was fit and healthy, and I think it's a shock that I'll never get over."

Jorja was passionate about kick boxing and used to train three times a week.

She had recently started coaching younger members of her club, and was working towards her black belt.

Her former coach, Sohail Chowdhary, from AG Martial Arts, said she was a "role model" for the whole community.

"She was so kind and caring. She was always trying her best. She put in so much attention to helping other people which was the most impressive thing about her," he said.

Jorja's death is a rare case, and the risks of COVID-19 to children remain incredibly low.

Her family though feel angry when they hear parents and teenagers being blasé about the virus.

"I think a lot of people don't release the seriousness of the issue," Lucie Atkins said.

The family hope they can reassure and remind others why the vaccine is so important.

"If we can save just one person's life as a result of raising awareness, then Jorja's death wouldn't have been in vain," Lucie added.

15-Year-Old Dies of COVID the Day She Was Supposed to Be Vaccinated

Newsweek 05 October, 2021 - 04:41am

Jorja Halliday had canceled her vaccine appointment because she was isolating.

"I can't comprehend that it's happened," her mother, Tracey, said.

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A 15-year-old girl from the United Kingdom died of COVID-19 on the day she was due to get her vaccine, her family said.

Jorja Halliday, from Portsmouth, died at the Queen Alexandra hospital on Tuesday, four days after having tested positive for the virus.

She had canceled her vaccine appointment because she was isolating.

Jorja's mother, Tracey Halliday, said that the high school student was a "loving girl" with lots of friends, an aspiring musician, and a talented kickboxer.

"She was very active, she liked to go out and spend time with her friends and loved spending time with her brothers and sisters," said Ms. Halliday, according to The Guardian.

"Growing up, she turned into a beautiful young lady, always wanting to help others, always there for everybody. It's heart-wrenching because your kids are always meant to outlive you, and that's the one thing I can't get over."

Ms. Halliday said that Jorja, who had no underlying health conditions, had developed flu-like symptoms before taking a PCR test that gave a positive result.

The teenager's symptoms continued to worsen and by Monday she couldn't eat because her throat hurt, at which point she was given antibiotics.

A doctor admitted her to hospital because her heart rate was "double what it should have been."

"They realized how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch her, hold her hand, hug her, and everything else," said Ms. Halliday.

"They did allow me that. I'm at the point where I can't comprehend that it's 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 didn't stabilize. Her heart couldn't take the strain. They worked as well as I think they could medically but were unable to save her.

"She had the best of care, I know that they did everything they could to save her."

As of October 3, over 159,000 people in the UK have died of COVID-19.

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Girl, 15, dies of Covid on day she was due to get jab as mum issues warning

The Sun 04 October, 2021 - 11:58am

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A GIRL has revealed she "cries herself to sleep every night" after her sister died from Covid the day she was due to be vaccinated.

Jorja Halliday, 15, tested positive after having flu-like symptoms which got so bad her heart rate was double its normal pace.

She was placed on a ventilator at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hants., but never stabilised as her heart was under too much strain.

The "courageous" and "kind-hearted" schoolgirl died in hospital just four days after receiving her PCR result with her mum by her side holding her hand.

Preliminary results from the hospital indicated that Jorja had Covid myocarditis - a type of heart inflammation caused by the virus.

Her younger sister Julie, 12, has spoken about the huge impact the tragedy has had on her family and says she now cries herself to sleep every night.

Julie got to say her final goodbye to her sister in hospital after her condition had deteriorated.

She said: "We started bursting into tears. 

Her mum warned children are being too "blasé" about the jab after what began as a sore throat and the inability to eat, later meant she was unable to keep water down and the aspiring musician was rushed to hospital.

Her mum, Tracey Halliday, said: "They realised how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch her, hold her hand, hug her and everything else.

"They did allow me that. I’m at the point where I can’t comprehend that it’s 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 didn’t stabilise. Her heart couldn’t take the strain.

"They worked as well as I think they could medically but were unable to save her. She had the best of care, I know that they did everything they could to save her."

The devastated mum said: "She was going to have the jab on Tuesday. But because she tested positive on Saturday she was isolating. When her isolation period was over she was going to get it.

"The day that she passed away was the day that she would have had it done."

Jorja died on September 28, survived by her 62-year-old grandmother, Julia Halliday, who said: "She was everything."

Jorja was the eldest of five children.

She had two sisters Julie, 12, and Daisie, four, and two younger brothers, Kallum, six, and Oscar who is just 18 months and too young to understand what has happened.

Remembering her daughter, mum Tracey said: "She was a loving girl and she had lots of friends. She was very active, she liked to go out and spend time with her friends and loved spending time with her brothers and sisters.

"Growing up she turned into a beautiful young lady, always wanting to help others, always there for everybody when they needed them," she added.

Before she died, Jorja was working towards her GCSEs at The Portsmouth Academy, Hants, where she will be greatly missed.

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