A young girl was recently diagnosed with the flu. It was a simple diagnosis. Then, the unthinkable happened.
Six-year-old Emily Muth was diagnosed with the flu on Tuesday died Friday night after being rushed by ambulance from her home to WakeMed in Raleigh.
The sudden death of Emily Muth left her parents and her 8- and 10-year-old brothers shocked and heartbroken.
“Devastated. 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,” her mother Rhonda Muth said. “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.”
They took her to the hospital. But within hours, Emily had stopped breathing.
“She was breathing a little bit heavier. And all of sudden she just raised up and went back down. I went, ‘Emily, Emily.’ And I noticed she wasn’t breathing,” her mother said.
Paramedics showed up quickly and took over CPR, but it was too late.
“So many stories online of people that flu-tested negative and kids are passing away two, three days later, 17-year olds, 5-year olds, 10-year olds, but you never think it’s going to hit home,” Nathan Muth said.
Through tears, her mother said, “She was a good girl. Everybody loved her.
“Just take it day by day,” she added. “She’ll always be with us.”
Will you please send prayers for this grieving family?