An 18-day-old baby girl in Iowa City, IA has died after contracting a cold sore virus, according to our affiliate KGAN.
KGAN reported Tuesday that Mariana Reese Sifrit of West Des Moines, IA died that morning after experiencing complications from the illness.
“Our princess Mariana Reese Sifrit gained her angel wings at 8:41 am this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy right beside her,” Nicole Sifrit, Mariana Reese Sifrit’s mother, wrote Tuesday on Facebook.
“She is now no longer suffering and is with the Lord,” she added in a post tagging Shane Sifrit, her husband. “Thank you to everyone who has followed her journey and supported us through this.”
“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 lives, R.I.P. sweet angel.”
Some Twitter users on Tuesday voiced sadness over the Sifrits’ loss, while other people on the social media platform shared photos of Mariana Reese Sifrit before her death.
R.I.P Mariana Reese Sifrit. No parent or child should go through this. Parents do not let people kiss your infant child.— Sarah (@redfairSarah) July 18, 2017
WHO TV 13 on Tuesday reported that Mariana Reese Sifrit was born healthy on July 1, adding that her parents took her to Blank Children’s Hospital six days later.
Mariana Reese Sifrit reportedly stopped eating and could not wake up, leading her mother and father to leave their wedding early to get her medical treatment.
Doctors purportedly told the Sifrits that their daughter had contracted Meningitis HSV1, meaning someone with a cold sore likely touched her and she ultimately got the virus that way.
Nicole Sifrit told WHO TV 13 last week that other parents should monitor their children’s environment to avoid a situation like hers.
“Keep your babies isolated,” she said. “Don’t let just anyone come visit them. Make sure they are constantly washing their hands. Don’t let people kiss your baby and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby."