A five-year-old girl has died from a rare complication of catching a cold.
Elizabeth Spencer, from Gloucestershire in the UK started getting flu-like symptoms but her family assumed it was a cold, when she collapsed they took her to hospital where she was put in an induced coma.
But tragically she died just 18 days later.
Metro reports that it was an extremely rare auto immune condition, which sent her body into overdrive to fight off the original virus. The condition, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, caused her body to go into septic shock, shutting down her major organs and cutting off the blood supply to her limbs.
Her mother, Natalie told media “I couldn’t believe it to begin with. In the morning I thought she had a flu and in the evening I was told she probably wouldn’t make it.”
“It’s devastating for a mother to see a child like that. It was 18 of the most heart-breaking days. Her immune system killed her.”
On the day of her funeral, her family released rainbow-coloured balloons in her memory.
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