Heartbreaking! Four-Year-Old Passes Away Due To A Sickness As Common As Flu, And Her Parents Are Devastated

Family & Kids

March 20, 2019 11:04 By Mambee

Influenza, also known as flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild and severe disease, and at times it can lead to death.

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Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle soreness, fatigue. Also, some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Ashanti’s story

Ashanti Grinage was an enchanting four-year-old girl. A light to everyone around her and always cheerful, her parents were surprised when she started showing the symptoms of the flu after church on a cold Sunday evening.

On Tuesday, they took her to the emergency room as her temperature had spiked to 103ºF. Her tests showed that she had flu type A, for which she hadn’t received vaccines.

Her dad, Martell, said once her fever subsided, the doctors sent her home, though she still had other mild symptoms.

By Thursday, she became lethargic, her mom rushed her back to the emergency room, and then they diagnosed her with pneumonia. Sadly, she passed away later that day.

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Her parents are still in shock on how fast everything happened; their little girl was fine one day and then the next she wasn’t. Martell said:

“I feel like I let her down and I lied to her because I told her I’d never let nothing bad happen to her. That’s what’s killing me.”

Our hearts are with her family and hope they find the comfort they need. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Ashanti's family with funeral expenses.

Unfortunately, Ashanti's story is one of the numerous cases in which a child has fallen victim to the flu.

Chance Chandler was a four-year-old boy who began throwing up at his father's place. He was taken to the hospital where he tested positive for influenza and was given drugs. Sadly, the drugs didn't help much as he died the next day.

It does not affect children alone, though. The same happened to a 20-year-old girl named Britt, who suffered cardiac arrest due to a complication from Influenza A.

The flu has taken numerous lives and, as parents, we need to be careful.

Tips to prevent the flu

It’s a known fact that the flu is airborne and easily contacted. However, don’t be scared; there are easy ways to prevent your children from contracting this disease. It all boils down to two things: Proper hygiene and flu vaccines.  

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Encourage your children to have good hygiene, always wash their hands, use sanitizers, and to always sneeze into a tissue or their bent elbow. Also, as parents, make sure your babies get all their shots at the right age.

With all this in place, your children will be less likely to get the flu or any contagious disease going around. Remember, prevention is better than cure. Our prayers are with the Grinage family.

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