It started when she was little, a precocious talker who was a curious person. It continued until he was 5, running around with a toy stethoscope around his neck.
Fagan knew she would become a doctor since she was 1
“She went to a doctor who talked to her like a real human being, practically like an adult, and from that first day she said she wanted to be a doctor to help people like that doctor helped her,” she said. “That visit changed her life.”
From there, she worked as a certified nursing assistant before medical school and went to Haiti four times on medical missions to serve people who lived too far from a city to have easy access to health care.
Although she had a history of asthma, upper respiratory infections and pneumonia, her sisters told the KHOU TV station, going to work was “what (Adeline) wants to do.”
“He loved helping people, he really did,” Brant Fagan said.
Her family couldn’t be with her, even though she was “so incredibly scared,” Mary Jane Fagan said. But luckily Adeline had taken her cell phone with her to the hospital. The family would keep her on the phone all day while they dealt with her lives, not necessarily talking all the time but reassuring her that they were in contact with her, her mother said.
It’s not something every family of coronavirus patients can do, he said. And unlike most families, Adeline Fagan’s parents got to see her in the days before she died.
While Mary Jane Fagan left the 15 or 20 minutes she was given with her daughter, Adeline gathered the energy to give her mother a kiss – a gift the older woman will keep forever, she said.
The next time her relatives saw her, Adeline Fagan suffered from a brain hemorrhage and they held her in her last moments of life.
“So many parents haven’t been able to do it, and it breaks my heart,” said Mary Jane Fagan.
The virus is still taking from them, Fagan’s parents said. They are stuck with memories of not being able to go to their daughter when she was scared, knowing like a doctor what to expect. And organizing a funeral for their baby is even more difficult as they represent restrictions linked to the pandemic, Mary Jane Fagan said.
Adeline’s parents want people to remember to keep others safe by wearing a mask and socially distancing themselves, Brant Fagan said.
“It could be your postman, it could be your doctor, or your nurse or your neighbor,” he said. “You’re doing it for other people, not necessarily for yourself.”
Stephanie Gallman of CNN contributed to this report.