For weeks now, we've heard that this year's flu season is one of the most deadly in years, and the virus has currently taken 30 children's lives. One little girl named Emily Grace Muth fell ill with the flu on January 16 -- and three days later, tragically lost her life due to the illness.
On January 18, the family took their daughter to an urgent care clinic, where mother Rhonda Muth was given a prescription for Tamiflu for Emily and was told to keep her daughter hydrated, reports ABC11 in Raleigh, N.C. By Thursday, her fever was still up and down but much closer to normal than two days earlier.
The next day, Emily was struggling to breathe, so Rhonda called for an ambulance, according to The Washington Post. The paramedic told Rhonda that her daughter's labored breathing was a common symptom of the flu, so the ambulance was sent back. Emily's breathing continued to slow, but when paramedics returned, it was too late. The little girl's devastating passing has of course left her family -- including 8- and 10-year-old brothers -- in shock.
“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,” Muth told ABC11. “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."
In the days since their tragic loss, the family has 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!!!"
The Muths have since surpassed their $7,500 goal. While those funds are sure to help address any financial burden they may currently face, we can only hope they are also able to find some peace following this heart-wrenching loss.