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Kickboxer Jorja Halliday, 15, dies from COVID-19 on the day she was to be vaccinated

"She was, indeed, a friend to us all."

The coronavirus has struck again, this time in Portsmouth on England’s south coast.

According to a report from the BBC, Jorja Halliday, 15 passed away Tuesday at the Queen Alexandra Hospital after a positive PCR test result.

Jorja Halliday
15 year old Jorja Halliday. Credit: Solent


Mother Tracey Halliday, 40, said her daughter, who was a Year 11 GCSE student at the Portsmouth Academy, was a “loving girl, talented kickboxer and aspiring musician.”

Halliday has cancelled the vaccine appointment because she was isolating due to the positive PCR test. She was experiencing flu-like symptoms on the weekend before she passed away. Antibiotics were given on the Monday when she was unable to eat due to a sore throat.

Ms. Hallday took her daughter to the hospital where tests revealed her heart rate was “double what it should have been.”

A ventilator failed to stabilize Halliday’s heart rate. According to Mrs. Halliday, Jorja had no pre-existing medical conditions but developed Myocarditis, or heart inflammation caused by the virus.

In the U.K, COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to children 12 years and older.

Jorja is survived by her mother Tracey, and four younger siblings.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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