Wyatt Gibson loved superheroes so much that he always wore a cloak. Wyatt, 5, loved horses, dogs, trees, flowers and really everything else that kept him outdoors. He loved playing with Legos or blocks, things that let him build. For Wyatt, everything was fun, even trips to the grocery store.
In a video, Wyatt plays a toy guitar and wears cowboy boots, spins around in the grass and sings, “I love you trees and birds, and I love donkeys and I love dogs.”
Wyatt’s was a life interrupted by Covid-19 as the number of cases increased across the country, mainly driven by the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
Now a Northwest Georgia family is mourning the loss of the boy who “brought joy over everything,” his godmother said.
“He loved everyone. I mean, he’s never met a stranger,” Amanda Summey, Wyatt’s godmother, said through tears. “Everything was fun. It didn’t matter what it was. He was my little boy’s best friend.
“He was perfect. He was absolutely perfect,” she said and her voice broke.
Wyatt died in his mother’s arms Friday at a children’s hospital after falling ill with coronavirus and suffering a stroke, according to Summey and a statement from Andrea Mitchell, Wyatt’s grandmother.
“We had been so careful all along that it should find us now? He was fighting for his life,” Mitchell wrote. “His mother, up for 4 days, never left between enchanting him to move and fighting and begging him to stay. His father, the backbone of the family who coughed from Covid, now even stood next to him in silent concern. in addition to believing what he was seeing. “
Mitchell said Wyatt had “his whole life ahead of him to live” to become who he wanted to be.
“Whatever he could have brought to this world now, he is gone,” she said.
The Delta variant now accounts for more than 83 percent of Covid-19 cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday, and medical experts warn that unvaccinated populations, including young children, are among the most vulnerable people.
Covid-19 vaccines are only approved in an emergency for individuals 12 years of age and older in the United States. As of Thursday, more than 4 million children had been diagnosed with Covid-19, approx. 14.2 percent of all cases, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Nearly 340 children aged 17 and younger have died of Covid-19 according to the latest data from the CDC, although serious complications in children are still very rare.
Mitchell and Summey described Wyatt as being healthy before he became ill with coronavirus.
“He was so healthy and happy,” Summey said. “I mean, he’s had the sniff here and there, but nothing ever. It just grabbed him, and it just took him. It’s crazy.”
Summey said the family is devastated.
“I keep saying they’re just shells of what were humans. It’s like their soul is gone,” she said.
Mitchell said in his statement that “all we know is a bright light has left” and that Wyatt has “left rainbows everywhere so we can see.”
“There was so much life in this 5-year-old boy. So much joy. So maybe it’s not the amount of life we’ll miss. But the quality of life. It was pure happiness,” she said.