Emma is “slowly waking up out of sedation and is responding well to her dad and mom,” Justin Anthony said.
An X-ray of Emma’s lungs from Tuesday showed “good improvement,” Anthony said, noting he has the approval of Emma’s mother’s to tell her story.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital has confirmed it had a patient with coronavirus but declined to go into details.
Emma had no preexisting conditions and had not traveled recently, Anthony said. It’s unknown how she contracted the virus, he said.
Anthony wants the public to understand no one is immune to coronavirus.
“I know first-hand how dangerous it is,” he said.
“Everyone keeps saying it doesn’t impact younger people. But here’s a 12-year-old,” he said. “People need to practice social distancing. People need to take care of their children. People need to take this seriously.”