Indiana family claims meningitis killed daughter, 10, in matter of days




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A Middlebury, Indiana family grieving the loss of their 10-year-old daughter claim bacterial meningitis killed the young girl just days after she complained of an ear infection.

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.

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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.

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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.

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