The parents of Abbigayle Dipietro recently told WSBT-22 she was diagnosed with an ear infection in early February. A couple of days later, Abbigayle reportedly vomited and suffered a seizure before falling into a coma and dying not long after.
The 10-year-old’s parents told the news station they didn’t know what meningitis was until it was too late. Now, Tasha Dipietro-Anderson, Abbigayle’s mother, is warning others to be on the lookout for symptoms of the potentially deadly infection — which typically includes nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion, fever, headache and a stiff neck, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“If there is any of those symptoms, whether you think it’s just a migraine or flu, push to have as much blood work and testing done as you can,” Dipietro-Anderson told the news station.
While most people recover from meningitis, according to the CDC, death can occur “in as little as a few hours.”
“If we would have known what it could have led to, [we] would have probably tried to do more,” the mom added.