Newborn dies days after parents' wedding from meningitis caused by herpes virus

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"Within two hours, she had quit breathing, and all her organs just started to fail", Nicole Sifrit told CNN affiliate WHO. She doesn't want other babies to suffer the same fate as Mariana. R.I.P. sweet angel'.

The couple quickly left their own wedding to rush Mariana to the hospital, where they discovered she had Meningitis HSV1, or meningitis caused by the herpes simplex virus, which also causes cold sores.

Both parents tested negative for HSV-1 and they're not sure how Mariana got it.

Nicole and Shane Sifrit had shared her daughter's story last week, hoping to raise awareness of the potential dangers of having a newborn come into contact with others. But just two hours after exchanging their "I do's", the newlyweds noticed something terribly wrong with their week-old baby girl. Her condition immediately worsened.

Nicole Sifrit, of Iowa, wrote a heartbreaking Facebook post announcing Mariana's death on Tuesday morning.

"I always thought this stuff happens and it's a shame and never thought it would happen to me", Nicole told World Health Organization, "I was not prepared at all". "They touched her, and then she touched her mouth with her hand", Nicole Sifrit said.

Now 18 days old, Maraina is on life support and doctors don't know if she'll pull through.

On July 7, doctors diagnosed Mariana with viral meningitis HSV-1 caused by the herpes virus, which is spread through close contact.

"My heart is crushed, my baby is declining fast!", Nicole wrote at one point. "It's hard to pinpoint exactly how she caught the virus".

Mr. Sifrit told the news station that Mariana was airlifted from Des Moines to Iowa City Children's Hospital and is under the observation of a number of specialists.

Maraina's condition was "dire" but her terrified parents took time out from her hospital bedside to share an important message. She has no brain activity and her lungs and heart are failing along with her kidneys and liver.

Mariana Sifrit is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

"... Keep your babies isolated, don't let just anyone come visit them, and make sure they are constantly washing their hands", he continued.

According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, many people carry the herpes virus, without ever showing any signs or symptoms.

Now Mariana's grieving parents are using their story to warn others.

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