When Rebecca Hendricks’ 5-year-old daughter Scarlet was sent home from preschool with a 103-degree fever, she gave her medicine and put a movie on for her to watch.
She seemed to be getting better, but a few days later, Hendricks became more concerned when her daughter started to make strange breathing noises after she fell asleep, she told KCPQ-TV.
When her daughter woke up staring at her blankly, Hendricks took her to the hospital.
“When I walked in there, I thought I was going to walk out with some medicine,” she told the TV station. “I didn’t think I’d walk out without her.”
Scarlet died of respiratory failure caused by H3N2 flu in December 2014.
She her 5-year-old daughter Scarlet was “a singer and a dancer and a little diva.”
“Don’t worry about being over reactive,” Hendricks said. “You’re talking about life and death.”
Since then, Hendricks has been bringing awareness about the seriousness of the flu through the END-fluenza Project.
Their mission is to “increase vaccination rates among children by empowering families with the knowledge to make informed decisions about vaccination, preventative lifestyle changes as well as keeping those lives lost by flu,” according to the organization’s website.