18-day-old Mariana Reese Sifrit passed away on Tuesday morning after two weeks of intense treatment. The child was born on July 1st, just a week before her parents’ wedding.
Mariana was born happy and healthy with seemingly no complications. However, after a week of life, the infant stopped eating.
Her parents rushed her to the emergency room. Doctors found that Mariana had contracted Meningitis HSv1.
Both her mother and father tested negative for the virus. Because of that, they realized that the baby had contracted the disease from someone who had cold sore symptoms who had kissed her.
Her mother, Nicole Sifrit, said, “They touched her, and then she touched her mouth with her hand.” While it seemed harmless, the Meningitis Research Foundation reported that many people have the virus without showing any outward symptoms.
Within two hours of going to the hospital, the newborn stopped breathing. Soon after her organs began shutting down.
Since the newborn fell ill, the parents have urged other parents of infants to take extreme caution when it comes to letting other people hold or kiss their children. Nicole said, “The first two months after a child is born is very critical, as a virus can rapidly spread and cause serious illness in newborns.”
Nicole posted on her Facebook page Tuesday morning. She said, “Our princess Mariana Reese Sifrit gained her angel wings at 8:41 a.m. this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy right beside her. In her 18 days of life she made a huge impact on the world and we hope with Mariana’s Story we save numerous newborns life.”
Please be praying for Mariana’s parents in this time of grief.
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