4-year-old girl dies from flu

Ashanti's death is the seventh pediatric flu death to be reported in Dallas County this flu season.

"My sister, Ashanti's mom & her father Martel are heartbroken to say the least as the life they knew has been shattered into a million pieces", Ashanti's aunt said on the GoFundMe. According to the girl's family, she had not received a flu vaccination.

Two days later, Ashanti's mother chose to take her back to the hospital after noticing the 4-year-old coughing up mucus and acting lethargically.

"She wasn't even running a fever at this time", her dad, Martell Grinage, told KTSU. Grinage said he gave his daughter a pep talk before he went to work. "We're gonna play tonight when I get home.' And I meant that", he told Fox 4, voice cracking with sorrow.

'From the bottom of my heart which feels so deep, dark, and empty at this time I am asking you to please provide prayers for our family, ' Olivarez stated.

The 4-year-old's mother rushed her back to the emergency room on Thursday, Jan. 31, when she began acting extremely lethargic. Ashanti was diagnosed with pneumonia, a serious lung infection often caused by influenza, and died later that day. "A total of four days", Grinage said.

The family is still in shock trying to grieve and process how it happened so fast. They said Ashanti had no underlying health issues and was otherwise healthy. "I told her I wasn't going to let (anything) bad happen to her". "That's what's killing me".