15-year-old Kentucky girl, who beat the odds against cancer, died of COVID-19 this month

15-year-old Kentucky girl, who beat the odds against cancer, died of COVID-19 this month
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)


Alexa Rose Veit was a fierce fighter.

The 15-year-old Kentucky girl born with Down syndrome, was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2019 and just weeks later, went into remission.

"On day 30 of a two-year treatment plan, she d beaten cancer," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news conference Thursday, after receiving permission from the teen s family to share more about her life.

That s just the type of person she was, the governor said. She never let anything stop her from accomplishing what she set her mind to.

Alexa succumbed to COVID-19 on November 15.

To friends, she was known as a "social butterfly" with "an infectious smile that could brighten any day," according to Travis Holder, the Ballard County Emergency Management director.
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