A mother has issued a plea to other parents after her 12-year-old daughter died from the flu.
Pegy Lowery’s daughter, Piper, had a fever that eclipsed 105 degrees F. She was also bleeding from her nose and vomiting blood.
Four days after she got sick, Piper collapsed in the parking lot of a children’s hospital in Tacoma, Washington, but it was too late.
The 12-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, the Tyler Paper reported.
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Now, her mother is urging other parents to get a flu shot for their children. Lowery said Piper was afraid of needles and she never pushed her to get the shot.
“I don’t want it to happen to somebody else,” Lowery told The Washington Post this week. “I don’t want them to lose their child. It’s pretty devastating. There’s nothing like it.”
According to CBS, Piper, who contracted the H1N1 flu, was in renal failure one day before she was taken to the hospital, but her mother didn’t realize it.
“I want my daughter’s legacy to live on forever,” Lowery told CBS, adding that she’s not sure whether the shot would have made a difference. “That’s my job now – to be her legacy maker.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in 2014 that the flu shot reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit admission by about 74 percent during the flu seasons between 2010 and 2012.
“There are so many stigmas about the flu shot that people are either not educated or there’s this fear factor that people put into them,” Lowery noted. “But H1N1, the flu, is very deadly. I want to spread this information so people can read it. It really does save lives.”