An Indiana family is mourning the unexpected death of a three-year-old girl who died after falling ill with the flu.
It was left to the child's grandmother, Tameka Stettler, to share the sad news that her granddaughter, three-year-old Alivia R. Viellieux, passed away on Monday morning.
'I'm sure every one has seen the reports and media that my grandbaby passed away this am from the flu.. I can't stress to anyine [sic] to be safe,' Stettler wrote on Facebook just hours later.
The coroner confirmed that Alivia R. Viellieux, 3, died on Monday, after suffering from flu and a secondary infection of pneumonia. She had been released from the hospital on Thursday
Alivia's grandmother, Tameka Stettler, posted a loving memorial collage on Facebook just hours after she informed friends and family that Alivia had passed away
Stettler asked that the family, including Alivia's mother, Aabriey Viellieux, be given the 'time and space' as they 'deal with one of the most painful things a parent or grandparent has to deal with.'
Stettler then posted several sweet photos and the lyrics to 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' as a way of memorializing the three-year-old.
Alivia, who would have turned 4 on March 20, was admitted to the hospital on February 6, where she tested positive for influenza virus Type A, according to WTSP.
The day after being admitted to hospital, Alivia's mother, Aabriey, noted on her Facebook account that Alivia's temperature had dropped from 106 degrees to 103.4 degrees and that she was so sick that she needed to wear a diaper because she couldn't control her bowels properly.
Alivia was admitted to the hospital on February 6, with a fever reading 106 degrees. After two days, she appeared to be recovering and was released from the hospital and sent home
The day after she was admitted to the hospital, Alivia's mother, Aabriey Viellieux, said that her daughter's temperature dropped from 106 degrees to 103.4 degrees
Stettler shared the sad news that Alivia had passed away on Monday morning
Aabriey also noted that her daughter was so weak, she couldn't walk anywhere and needed to be carried around.
Alivia was kept at the hospital, under observation, until Thursday, when it appeared that her condition was improving and she was sent home, the Indy Channel reported.
The improvement was only temporary though, as she was found dead at her home on Monday morning.
The Delaware County coroner has confirmed that Alivia died of the flu and a secondary infection of pneumonia, making her the first child in Muncie to die from the flu virus this year.
Alivia's autopsy showed that in addition to the flu, she suffered from pneumonia as a secondary infection.
Stettler memorialized her granddaughter, Alivia, who would've turned four in March, with the lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and a photo collage that included this picture
The coroner, Scott Hahn, told WTSP that previous instances of death related to the flu this year involved people who had the flu plus a contributing health issue.
Alivia is believed to have been the second flu death in the state of Indiana of children ages 0 to four years old this flu season.
Nationwide, 16 children have been reported as having died from the flu during the last week of January, with the total number of flu-related child deaths is said to be 53 this season.
The New York Post reported that an unnamed five-year-old girl from New Jersey died on Monday after experiencing flu-like symptoms.
The North Bergen School District posted condolences on Facebook, alerting parents about precautions the schools have been taking to disinfect desk surfaces, as well as doorknobs, toilets, sinks and other surfaces where the flu virus can linger.