A mum has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her baby daughter, who died just days old from a virus doctors suspect was passed on through a kiss. Mariana Reese Sifrit passed away this morning after her short battle with Meningitis HSV1. Posting on Facebook earlier today, she wrote: “Our princess Mariana Reese Sifrit gained her angel wings at 8:41 am this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy right beside her.
“She is now no longer suffering and is with the Lord … 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.” Nicole and Shane Sifrit welcomed their daughter Mariana into the world on July 1 and then got married six days later. But in a tragic turn of events, just two hours after tying the knot, they noticed something was wrong with their baby. They left their own wedding early to go to the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines they were told the devastating news that Mariana had the life threatening virus Meningitis HSV1.
It is carried by someone with the cold sore virus but not necessarily with an open sore. Doctors said it’s likely Mariana contracted it from a kiss, but both parents tested negative for the virus. Speaking to WHOtv.com before her daughter’s death, Nicole warned parents to keep their babies isolated and not to let “just anyone” come and visit them. She said: “Don’t let people kiss your baby and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby.”