“The loss of a child, at any time, under any circumstances, is a tragedy,” Beaumont Hospital said in a statement obtained by WXYZ. “We are heartbroken that COVID-19 has taken the life of a child. We extend our deepest sympathy to Skylar’s family and all others who have lost a loved one to this virus.”
“They’ve been on the frontline and they’ve served with honor and integrity and they did not deserve to lose their child to this virus,” Whitmer said. “Nobody does.”
Those who have died have ranged in age from 5 to 107 years old, according to the website.
Skylar’s mother LaVondria Herbert told WXYZ that her daughter was beautiful, happy and full of life before falling ill.
“She was a beautiful spirit, she was friendly, she was loving, she was caring, she was funny. Just a happy 5-year-old,” Herbert said. “She was a beautiful little girl. She lived her life, she lived her 5 years. You knew she lived a great life in those 5 years.”
Although Herbert and her husband Ebbie Herbert are grieving, they say Skylar’s battle with the deadly virus should serve as a warning to others.
“This is a hurtful feeling that I don’t want any other family to have to experience,” Ebbie Herbert told WXYZ.
“This virus doesn’t care what age you are what nationality you are, what political preference you have. It’s serious and it will devastate you,” Ebbie Herbert told the news station. “Skylar is shining her light to tell the world this can happen to any family.”