Nicole Sifrit Facebook

There’s one thing I never allowed people do when my children were infants, was to kiss them on their face, mouth and hands.

And this is the very reason why….

Mariana Reese Sifrit, 18 days old, died after contracting a severe illness potentially after receiving a kiss from an infected person.

Her death was announced on Tuesday in an emotional Facebook post, by her parents.

“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,” Nicole Sifrit, Mariana’s mother, posted. “She is now no longer suffering and is with the Lord. Thank you to everyone who has followed her journey and supported us through this. 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 (SIC) life. R.I.P. sweet angel.” 

Mariana was less than a week old when she was admitted to a Des Moines hospital and diagnosed with Meningitis HSV-1, which is caused by the herpis virus. 

Both parents tested negative for the virus, but someone passed on the disease most likely through a cold sore.

Nicole Sifrit is warning parents to protect their babies from being held or kissed by others who had not washed their hands or were sick.

Sad news and prayers to the family.


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