Fort Sill announced a 13-year-old child of an active servicemember is the first child to lose their life due the coronavirus in Oklahoma.
According to a GoFundMe page, Anna Carter suffered from an auto immune disease making the virus too much for her body to bear. The page said she passed less than an hour after arriving to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital late Friday night.
“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,” Maj Gen. Ken Kamper said in a statement.
Anna’s mother Amber Carter remembers her as a pure soul who loved theatrics and dance, she said on the GoFundMe Anna danced instead of walked most times.
“She had dreams, big ones and would’ve accomplished them. We cannot let her dreams die with her,” Amber wrote on the page. She wanted to create a cure for (systemic) scleroderma, well all auto immune diseases.”
“I want to honor her memory every day of my life,” Anna’s mother wrote.
Governor Kevin Stitt said as the father of six, he cannot imagine losing a child. He said in a statement:
“This news is a difficult reminder that COVID-19 can affect Oklahomans of any age and stresses the need for each of us to continue to do our part to slow the spread of this virus.”