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18 July 2017

Parents’ heartache as their newborn dies days after friend with a COLD SORE kissed tot

A US couple has said their 18-day-old baby has died almost two weeks after contracting the herpes infection through a kiss.

Nicole and Shane Sifrit took to Facebook to reveal that their daughter, Mariana, died in her father’s arms.

Mum Nicole posted a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter Mariana
Mum Nicole posted a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter Mariana
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“Our princess Mariana Reese Sifrit gained her angel wings at 8:41am this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy right beside her,” the post read.

“She is now no longer suffering and is with the Lord.

“Thank you to everyone who has followed her journey and supported us through this.

“In her 18 days of life she made a huge impact on the world and we hope with Mariana’s Story we save numerous newborns life.

“R.I.P. sweet angel.”

The couple had just exchanged vows with their six-day-old daughter in attendance when two hours later the newlyweds discovered she had stopped eating and was slow to wake up.

Tests revealed baby Mariana had contracted a virus, believed to have been from being kissed
Tests revealed baby Mariana had contracted a virus, believed to have been from being kissed
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They rushed her to hospital.

“It immediately went downhill from there. Within two hours she had quit breathing and all of her organs just started to fail,” Mr Sifrit told WHO-TV.

WQAD reports that Mariana had become infected with meningitis HSV-1, which is caused by the herpes virus.

However, both her parents tested negative for the virus, meaning she got it from someone else.

Despite multiple blood transfusions, Mariana’s kidneys stopped working and her liver stopped functioning properly, causing internal bleeding.


The Sifrit family are now hoping to raise awareness of how dangerous herpes can be for infants.

“Keep your babies isolated, don’t let just anyone come visit them, and make sure they are constantly washing their hands,” the Sifrits said.

“Don’t let people kiss your baby, and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby.”

GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the Sifrit family with Mariana’s mounting medical expenses.

A version of this story originally appeared on News.com.au

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