Heartbreak as girl, 5, killed by flu in just 48 HOURS after mum through she had a cold

Thursday, January 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

A GIRL, aged 5, died of the flu in just two days after falling ill with what her mum through was just a common cold.

By Henry Holloway
25th January 2018

Rebecca Hendricks, 34, said little Scarlett Taylor caught the H3N2 strain of influenza which attacked her lungs and sent her into respiratory failure.

She initially treated the girl at home for what she thought was just a common cold after she was sent home from school with a fever.

But her condition worsened as her breathing became raspy and she appeared dazed.

Scarlett was taken into intensive care, but then just four hours later she succumbed to the virus.

Her mum has now spoken of the horror and she urged other parents to get flu vaccinations through her organisation End-fluenza.

The mum-of-four, from Tacoma, Washington, said: “I never for one moment thought that she would not leave the hospital alive.

“At one point she called out to me and said: ‘Mom I have to throw up, I have to throw up’.

“I brought her over a throw-up bag, and she vomited up so much pure, thick blood.

“I was so freaked out, I panicked, and I said: “Oh my God, is she going to die?

“I’ll never forget that moment when the six doctors just looked at me.”

Rebecca said Scarlett was rushed into the emergency ward where doctors gave her a breathing tube.

Within four hours of being admitted she had flat-lined twice – but then on the third time doctors could not revive her.

“I fell to my knees and screamed at the top of my lungs,” her mum said.

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