During an especially bad flu season, tragedy struck for a North Carolina family. When their six-year-old got the flu, the family never expected she wouldn't make it.
The little girl died suddenly on Friday—just days after she was diagnosed with the flu, reported People.
Emily Muth became sick early last week. Her parents took her to a local hospital where she tested positive for the flu virus.
Doctors assured the family that Emily would be okay. The prescribed her with the antiviral drug Tamiflu, and they told the family to keep her hydrated.
For a time, Emily improved, but then her condition quickly grew worse. She died Friday after experiencing respiratory problems.
“Our hearts are aching and feels like we lost a part of us,” the family wrote on a GoFundMe page. “There is nothing worse [than] losing a child. She was our everything … she will be in our hearts forever.”
When Emily started having trouble breathing on Friday, her mother, Rhonda Muth, called an ambulance.
“She was breathing a little bit heavier. And all of sudden she just raised up and went back down,” said Muth. “I went, ‘Emily, Emily.’ And I noticed she wasn’t breathing.”
Paramedics arrived at the home and performed CPR on Emily. Sadly, she died by the time they reached a Raleigh hospital.
“How could that even happen? I mean one day she’s fine, you know, and I mean she had the fever and she was a little achy,” said her mother.
“Other than that, I mean, she had had the runny nose and cough like typical, you know, and then she’s gone. It’s horrible. I don’t wish this on anybody.”
Muth’s passing is the latest in a string of flu-related deaths, noted People.