This Child's Death Is a Somber Reminder That Flu Season Still Isn't Over
It's April, and this horrible flu season is still deadly.
This story originally appeared on Parents.com by Maressa Brown.
The 2017-2018 flu season has been nothing short of devastating for families across the country. As of last week, the CDC reported that 137 children have died as the result of the flu this year. And one more young life has been claimed by the virus as of this past weekend. Yessi Lim, a California mom known for documenting her family life on Instagram, and her husband lost their 5-year-old son to the virus. (Shockingly, even healthy people can die from the flu.)
A GoFundMe page, set up by family member Kelly McKnight, explains, "Aiden was a perfectly healthy and happy boy who recently contracted the flu, and in such a short time things took a turn for the worst."
McKnight goes onto share that Yessi, who is also mom to 4-year-old Aubrey and expecting her third child, "is one of the best mothers I know. Her whole life revolves around her children. No parent should have to bear this pain, no mother should have to experience something so tragic. Many of you know Yessi from Instagram as she's done a beautiful job documenting life with her babies. In particular the bond between her son Aiden and daughter Aubrey #AidenandAubrey. This new road for them will be hard as they navigate the unknown. We are asking that everyone possible rallies behind them."
The GoFundMe notes that the family could use donations to help with hospital bills and lost wages, as well as prayers. (Related: Can You Get the Flu Twice In One Season?)
Lim herself took to social media on Sunday, April 1 to share a post that says, "God is good," alongside the caption, "I trust you. Amen." Followers have left a plethora of heartfelt messages for the grieving mom, such as, "no words can express how I feel about your loss. With two kids close in age and one on the way also, I can't imagine what you're going through. You are in my prayers."
It's unknown whether or not Aiden had been vaccinated against the flu, but heartbreaking news like this only serves to underline the importance of getting the shot. (Read more: Is It Too Late to Get the Flu Shot?)
What the Lim family is currently facing is nothing short of every parent's worst nightmare. Our hearts go out to them during this truly heart-wrenching time.