Middlebury family says daughter's meningitis death was surprising in its speed

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Losing a child is tough for parents to imagine. The parents of Abbigayle Dipietro spoke to us about dealing with her death.

Abby passed away Wednesday from bacterial meningitis, which to her parents was a complete surprise. Not only what killed her, but just how quickly.

The Middlebury family says they didn't know what meningitis was.

Her mother says over the weekend she complained about an ear infection.

On Monday she started vomiting and then later had a seizure.

By Wednesday she was in a coma and passed away.

Her parents say it's been extremely tough just coming to terms with her being gone.

They are hoping no other parent has to go through this. That's why they want people to look out for certain symptoms, such as headaches, fevers, vomiting, ear infections or a stiff neck.

"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," said Tasha Dipietro-Anderson- Abby's mother. "If we would have known what it could have led to, would have probably tried to do more."

A Facebook fundraiser was started, looking for $1,200 for medical expenses. In the past three days nearly $12,000. Here is a link.

Her family is focusing on her memorial which is scheduled for February 22 at 5 p.m. at Middlebury Church of the Brethren.

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