A six-year-old girl, who previously lived a healthy life, has died after a brief bout with the flu.
Emily Grace Muth fell ill on Jan. 16, and was taken to an urgent care clinic two days later.
The child’s mother, Rhonda Muth, was prescribed Tamiflu for Emily and was told to keep her hydrated, ABC11 reports. But the young girl tragically lost her life the next day.
Muth, a mom-of-three, said a paramedic told her daughter laboured breathing was a common symptom of the flu, but when Emily’s breathing continued to slow, it was too late to save her.
The young girl’s sudden death was devastating for her parents and her 8- and 10-year-old brothers, said Muth.
“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,” she said. “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.”
The girl’s father, Nathan Muth, said, “The flu is no joke right now. It’s a plague in America.”
Emily is among at least 30 children across the U.S. who have died of the flu during a nasty season that’s caused an increased number of elderly people and children to be hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The outbreak is one of the worst on record, as the flu has touched every U.S. state, with 32 of them reporting severe flu activity.
In the days since their tragic loss, the Muth family have set up a GoFundMe page, writing, “Our hearts are aching and feels like we lost a part of us. There is nothing worse then losing a child. She was our everything. She will be in our hearts forever. This was so sudden and we would appreciate anything anyone can give us.”
“This flu is no joke and didn’t have to happen. Please all of you who have children please hold them tight, and first sign of flu get them to the ER. Love you Emily Grace!”