9-year-old girl died in her sleep three days after she tested positive for COVID-19

A nine-year-old girl from Texas died in her sleep, three days after testing positive for COVID. 

  • Makenzie Gongora died in her sleep after being tucked into bed by her mom on February 1.
  • When Kristle Gongora went to check on her daughter in the early hours of February 2, she found that she had no pulse.
  • Makenzie tested positive for COVID-19 on January 29 after complaining of a bad headache and nausea.
  • An autopsy has been requested as the family is unsure whether the child had any underlying conditions.
Makenzie Gongora

On January 29, Makenzie Gongora tested positive for COVID.

The nine-year-old girl was at after-school care on January 29, when she complained of having a bad headache and nausea. After hearing her complaints, the after-school care center took the girl’s temperature and found that she had a fever. Subsequently, Makenzie’s mom took her to the Brooke Army Medical Center where she was tested for COVID-19, strep, and flu. Victoria Southworth, Makenzie’s maternal aunt, told TODAY that while the strep and flu tests came back negative, the COVID-19 test was positive.

Speaking to TODAY, Makenzie’s paternal aunt Erica Gongora explained:

The doctors told my sister-in-law (to) take her home and to make her comfortable, to monitor her fever, and if it got over a certain point, or if there were any other major issues that occurred, to go ahead and bring her back to the hospital. […] There was no labored breathing or anything like that, at that point.

Three days later, the nine-year-old girl died in her sleep.

On February 1, Makenzie began to feel exhausted and went to sleep early. According to Gongora, the child died that night. “My sister-in-law checked on her at night and realized that she was no longer breathing and could not find a pulse,” Gongora shared. Daily Mail reported that the little girl died on her father’s birthday and just three days before her mother’s birthday. Heartbroken and shattered by the loss of their nine-year-old daughter, the family requested an autopsy. Commenting on this, Gongora disclosed: “We just want to know, was there something else that could have been done that could have saved her life?” The Daily Mail further reported that while Makenzie’s parents were not aware of any underlying conditions, they did note that the child was a little small for her age. Nevertheless, the family believes that her death was caused by the virus.

We’re waiting for the medical examiner report; but our family suspects it, though, because we don’t know of anything else that could have caused this.


Makenzie’s aunts have set up a GoFundMe page for the girl’s funeral and memorial — so far, it has raised over $72,000.

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