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There is a serious, life-threatening virus that will kill a newborn baby, warns an Iowa mother who lost her baby girl.

Mariana, was 18 days old when she died, just days after she contracted a deadly virus from someone with herpes who kissed her.

Nicole and Shane Sifrit gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Mariana.  A week later they noticed she no longer was eating and wouldn’t respond when trying to wake her.  WHO TV reports

“Mariana, quickly went downhill with each passing hour.  Within a few hours she stopped breathing and her orangs started to fail.” Shane told the press.

Mariana was born on July 1st, and on July 7, Mariana was diagnosed with viral meningitis HSV-1 caused by the herpes virus.  The virus is spread by close contact with another individual who has it.

How did this happen so fast?

On July 7, Nicole and Shane were getting married with Mariana there.  Two hours later, the couple quickly left their wedding early to rush Mariana to a Des Moines hospital.  She had contracted a life-threatening virus through a kiss.  Mariana’s condition was so serious, she was life-flighted to the University of Iowa Hospital.  Once there she was immediately placed on life support, Nicole told the press.

Both Nicole and Shane tested negative for the virus, thus it is believed their newborn likely contracted it from a wedding guest with a cold sore who kissed her.

“I always thought this stuff happens and it’s a shame and never thought it would happen to me,” Shane told WHO TV.  “I was not prepared at all.”

Within hours of Mariana arriving at the hospital her organs started failing. Nicole shared, Mariana wasn’t expected to survive 24 hours past her diagnosis.  She was on medicine to control seizures, kidney dialysis and the vessels that surrounded her heart were leaking oxygen, but the baby girl fought on for days.

On Monday, Nicole posted a heartbreaking update.

“My heart is crushed, my baby is declining fast,” Nicole wrote. “She has no brain activity and her lungs and heart are failing along with her kidneys and liver.  They are running out of options for her.”   (

The next morning Nicole shared that Mariana died.

“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 posted.

Nicole and Shane want to share their loss so other parents and newborns do not have to suffer.  Doctors warn that a newborn should have little to no contact with anyone except their parents.  When coming into contact with a newborn, your hands should always be washed before touching them.

“Don’t let anyone kiss your baby.” Nicole said.

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