By Susan Scutti CNN
(CNN)– Mariana Sifrit, the infant woman who contracted viral meningitis triggered by HSV-1 when she was less than a week old, died Tuesday morning, her mom posted on Facebook.
HSV-1 is the same herpes virus that triggers fever blisters, and only seldom does it lead to viral meningitis, which triggers the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord to become enflamed, inning accordance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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It is believed that infant Mariana contracted the lethal infection from a kiss. Mariana’s moms and dads, Nicole and Shane Sifrit, both evaluated negative for the infection, they informed CNN affiliate WHO.
Simply 18 days old when she died, Mariana had invested her last week at the University of Iowa Kid’s Hospital in Iowa City, struggling with severe medical complications.
“Our princess Mariana Reese Sifrit got her angel wings at 8:41 am this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy ideal beside her,” her mother, Nicole Sifrit, published on her Facebook page. “She is now not suffering and is with the Lord.”
A week after Mariana’s July 1 birth, her jubiliant moms and dads wed. Within two hours of the ceremony, however, the newlyweds observed that their newborn was not consuming and would not get up, they told WHO.
“She had quit breathing, and all her organs just started to stop working,” Nicole Sifrit informed WHO. Early symptoms of viral meningitis might consist of fever, light sensitivity, headache and a stiff neck, inning accordance with Johns Hopkins Medication.
The newlyweds hurried Mariana to Blank Kid’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, where they found out that she had actually contracted meningitis HSV-1, which can be brought by someone with the virus even if they do not have an open aching.
Her mom informed WHO she could not pinpoint precisely how Mariana captured the infection.
“It is very common to catch the infection, however very hardly ever does it become meningitis,” said Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician at Calabasas Pediatrics in California. “The very first two months after a child is born are extremely crucial, as an infection can quickly spread and trigger major illness in newborns.”
Infants younger than 1 month and individuals with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe disease when diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to the CDC, which encourages parents to be particularly cautious during the very first months of a baby’s life.
Sifrit told CNN that Mariana was airlifted to the University of Iowa Kid’s Hospital on July 10 when her condition deteriorated. As of Sunday, reports suggested that the child’s condition was steady, though her liver was damaged and she was undergoing dialysis. Her condition intensified afterwards.
“Thank you to everyone who has actually followed her journey and supported us through this,” Sifrit wrote in her Facebook post. “In her 18 days of life she made a substantial effect on the world and we hope with Mariana’s Story we save numerous babies life. R.I.P. sweet angel.”
CNN’s Andrea Diaz added to this story.
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