US teen who beat cancer three times dies of COVID-19 complications

Aspen Deke died on 31 January.
Aspen Deke died on 31 January. Photo credit: GoFundMe

A 17-year-old in the US who beat cancer three times has died of complications from COVID-19.

Aspen Deke, from Missouri, was diagnosed with coronavirus in November and hospitalised shortly before Christmas.

It was far from her first time in hospital, as she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia aged four.

She spent years in chemotherapy, had a bone marrow transplant and CAR-T cell immunotherapy, according to a GoFundMe set up by a family friend.

She was hospitalised with COVID-19 on New Year's Eve after suffering a month-long fever.

“It seemed she was getting better, and she got to go home for a few days but was readmitted and diagnosed in mid-December with pneumonia in both lungs,” the GoFundMe read.

“Her body started showing signs of internal inflammation, meaning she had COVID induced MIS-C, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children.

“She continued to decline, having now pneumonia in both lungs, very high fevers, and declining oxygen levels.”

On January 31 the GoFundMe was changed to a memorial page, after Deke died in hospital.

"At 6:40pm Aspen Deke passed away in the arms of her mom and dad," read an update.

"Thank you all for all your prayers and love and support."

The page has raised more than $10,000.