18-Day-Old Baby ‘Dies From Herpes’ After Just One Kiss

by : Tom Percival on : 19 Jul 2017 18:16

A heartbroken mother has paid tribute to her baby daughter after she died from a virus doctors believe was spread through a kiss.


Mariana Reese Sifrit was just 18-days-old when she lost her short battle with Meningitis HSV1 which doctors claim she may have contracted from a kiss by someone carrying the cold sore virus.

Her mother Nicole Sifrit paid tribute to Mariana on Facebook, claiming she’d made a ‘huge impact’ on the world in her short time here.

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. 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 life. R.I.P. sweet angel.(sic)

Mariana was born in West Des Moines, Iowa on July 1 and her parents Nicole and Shane got married just six days after she arrived.

Unfortunately just two hours after their marriage her parents noticed she had stopped eating and wasn’t responding.

Nicole and Shane rushed their daughter to Blank Children’s Hospital where they were told Mariana had the life threatening Meningitis virus.

Mariana’s condition deteriorated and she unfortunately passed away.

Both parents tested negative for the virus and Nicole has warned parents to keep their babies isolated and not to let ‘just anyone’ come visit them.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Health