CHESTERFIELD, Va. –
A family urges everyone to keep up with vaccines after losing their young child to meningitis.
Killy Schultz, four months old, died on June 30, about 24 hours after the development of a rash and fever when he returned home after daycare.
"I had just eaten your bottle in the afternoon, it was a bit hot but we thought it was a warm day so take it home and let it cool down," Killy's mother, Alex Dempsey, told WTVR-TV .
They gave him Tylenol and when that did not work, they decided to take him to the St. Mary's Hospital emergency room.
Several tests later, and only two days after Killy received her 4-month shots, Dempsey and her fiance Gabriel Schultz were informed that their baby had probably contracted meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord.  "At the time they said meningitis, I knew there really was a great chance that we would lose it," Dempsey explained. "They told us we were going to hit the window if he was going to do it or not, but considering he was only four months old, he really did not have an immune system to help us with that."
"He just came out" of the blue his heart rate was reduced, and they started doing CPR and after 10 minutes of CPR they do not come back from that, so we had to ask them to stop, "said Dempsey." After 10 minutes of adults grown in CPR, they do not come back from that, he was brain dead. "
Twenty-four hours after Killy's first symptom, he breathed for the last time.
" He was so bloated and purple, and he really did not look like to him, but I still hold him to tell him how beautiful he was, and he was much more than I deserved to have, and I told him how hard he had fought, and that we were so proud of him, "he said.
Dempsey says health officials believe that Killy contracted the disease from an unvaccinated person.
& # 39; If something comes out of this, we want people to know that vaccines can prevent things like this. so I really did not have many possibilities, "said Dempsey.