When baby Aryn was born, her parents weren’t able to take her home to enjoy cuddles, bath time and adorable baby gurgles.
Instead, they were stuck in a US hospital while they watched their newborn daughter fight for her life.
Why? Because shortly after her birth, Aryn was diagnosed with HIB flu, which, despite the name linking it to influenza, is a bacterial infection that causes illness in babies and young children.
Infections can range from mild, like an earache, to severe bloodstream infections.
It's an infection that, at one time, was all but eradicated, thanks to vaccines. It's so rare that Aryn's doctor had never seen another case in her entire career.
Aryn's aunt, Alecia Rankin, shared a heartbreaking image of the baby girl in hospital on Facebook page, urging others to consider the consequences of not vaccinating their children.
"My 7 week old niece has HIB flu. So rare that her doctor hasn't seen it in her career because this bacteria caused by HIB flu was all but eradicated by vaccines," Alecia wrote.
"The first being the one babies get at 2 months, which she hasn't gotten yet."
Speaking to Scary Mommy, Alecia said it appeared her niece initially had a stomach bug, but when her symptoms progressed, a spinal tap revealed she had the HIB infection.