California boy, 13, dies after isolating himself in his room with coronavirus symptoms
- Maxx Cheng, from Claremont, California, began feeling unwell on July 4
- Maxx tested negative for coronavirus but self-isolated in his bedroom
- His family found him passed out in his bedroom on Thursday night
A healthy 13-year-old boy has died after isolating himself in his bedroom when he was suffering Covid-19 symptoms.
Maxx Cheng, from Claremont, California, began feeling unwell on July 4 and experienced chest pains, vomiting and nausea.
His concerned mother took him to hospital on July 9 to test him for coronavirus, but it returned negative.
Due to his symptoms, Maxx continued to self-isolate in his bedroom.
Maxx Cheng, from Claremont, California, (pictured) began feeling unwell on July 4 and experienced chest pains, vomiting and nausea
Charlotte Cheng, Maxx’s sister, said: ‘His symptoms matched, but then the test came out negative.
‘So we were a little bit confused.’
After days of showing his condition was improving, Maxx’s family found him collapsed in his bedroom on Thursday night.
‘We went to go check up on him, like we normally do,’ Cheng told CBS Local.
‘He wasn’t answering. We found him passed out in the room.’
‘There was almost no cough.
‘The fever had gone down three days before he passed.’
According to a family friend, Maxx had been fit and healthy prior to his death and was even on the local swimming team.
‘Somebody who is athletic, somebody who is on the swimming team who is so energetic and active dies from it, it changes the conversation,’ she said.
An autopsy report to determine Maxx’s exact cause of death is expected in the coming days.