Lost her daughter, Natalie, aged 11 | Illinois
My daughter, Natalie, died on December 1, 2009, at at 11. She had a low fever on Saturday so we gave her some Tylenol and she felt better. On Sunday, she started throwing up. She was nauseous all day and didn’t want to eat or drink. I didn’t think she looked good so on Monday morning I scheduled a doctor’s appointment for her. I thought if anything was really wrong, the doctor would know. She did not have a temperature at the doctor’s office and her only symptoms were not feeling well, throwing up and diarrhea. She did had a nose bleed on Saturday morning but she did have nosebleeds quite often and had been seen by a specialist for them. I’m not sure if it was a symptom or not. The doctor told us it was just an intestinal virus and she did give her some anti-nausea medicine. When we got home I gave her the medicine. The information said it would cause drowsiness and she slept for almost four hours. I kept going to check on her and wake her up a little each time. When she did wake up, she was able to eat popsicles and watched television with her younger sister. I thought we were on the right track. The next morning she woke up normally and went to the bathroom. She did throw up again and then passed out and had a siezure. I was so scared. I called the ambulance and during the ride to the ER; they said her blood pressure looked good but they couldn’t get an IV started. Even though I was scared, I thought that she was just dehydrated and once they started fluids, she would be OK. When we got the ER, it all went downhill. The seizures started getting worse and more frequent. She still didn’t have a temperature so they didn’t know what was wrong with her. They checked everything but never did a spinal. At that point her blood platelet count was so bad that they didn’t want to risk bleeding. They thought they had her stable and were taking her to ICU. They told us to wait in the lobby until she was settled and they would call us in. They next time we got to see her was when they were doing CPR on her. Her heart stopped and died at 2:07pm that afternoon. I never once thought of menengitis because she didn’t have a stiff neck. The coroner has still not give us the final report but they are saying she died of Waterhouse-Friderichsen Syndrome caused by Neisseria Meningitidis. We are so hurt and sad from this loss that seemed to have come out of nowhere and remained so stealth. Everyone has been sick since school started. We never ever could have imagined that she would have something so deadly. We talked Monday night about watching a movie together on Tuesday. We talked Tuesday morning. She told me she didn’t want to die before the ambulance came. I didn’t want her to die either. Now I just want to die to be with her.