Families will tell you that as a child, Braden Wilson, a sophomore at Simi Valley’s Santa Susana High School, involved in theatrical, video production and choir knows what it means to be good.
His aunt, Heather Brazil, said that “A genuine good and lovely boy”
Braden was diagnosed with COVID-19 two weeks ago.
“He started having organ failure,” Brazil said in an interview with ABC7, adding that her nephew was wary of the outbreak.
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Until Braden had unrelated surgical complications where he ended up being in and out of the hospital, eventually getting positive for the virus.
Just days after being transferred to a Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Braden passed away last week.
His family was told that the cause was Pediatric Multistage Syndrome, or MIS-C, a rare pediatric complication caused by COVID-19.
“It was shocking to see how it decided to take him,” said Brazil.
Braden is an only child. His mother is also recovering from COVID-19.
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“She’s in a bad mood,” said Brazil, “and that’s why I talk to you, she won’t be able to keep her calm.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than 17,000 MIS-C cases are found nationwide, and only 26 of them cause death.
Braden’s aunt, however, wants people to know that it can happen to anyone.
“It’s very true, it should make people stop and think,” she said. Be considerate, even if following safety practices may be inconvenient.
“But if it can save someone’s life, I think it’s worth it.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe account for Braden’s memorial service and medical expenses. www.gofundme.com/f/braden-wilson-memorial-services.
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