6-year-old girl dies days after flu diagnosis, parents say

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Emily Muth (Source: Muth Family, GoFundMe)

(Meredith) – Two North Carolina parents are heartbroken after the unexpected death of their 6-year-old daughter.

Emily Muth died three days after she was diagnosed with the flu, ABC11 reported. Her family said she had a runny nose, a cough and a fever. Then, suddenly she was gone.

“How could that even happen?” said Emily’s mother, Rhonda Muth. “It’s horrible. I don’t wish this on anybody.”

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The mom told ABC11 she took Emily to urgent care after the young girl started experiencing symptoms last Tuesday. Her flu test came back positive. The doctor gave her a Tamiflu prescription and told her to stay hydrated.

By Friday, the 6-year-old girl stopped breathing and could not be resuscitated.

“The flu is no joke right now,” said Emily’s father, Nathan Muth. “It’s a plague in America.”

More than 74,000 people have been infected with the flu this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nathan and Rhonda Muth said they want other parents to be aware for the sake of their children.

“You never think it’s going to hit home," Nathan said.

A GoFundMe campaign is raising money to cover Emily’s funeral expenses.

Her parents described her as a good girl who "everyone loved."

“She was our everything. She will be in our hearts forever,” the parents wrote on GoFundMe.

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