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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. —A 12 year-old girl has died from complications of the flu.

According to Q13, the Kitsap Public Health District said a 12-year-old girl died of the flu on Wednesday in Port Orchard, Washington.

Pegy Lowery, said the child was her 12-year-old daughter, Piper. Lowery says the illness was like a “freight train” that no one saw coming.

Piper came down with a high fever on January 12, and four days later she was dead.

Lowery said she took Piper to the doctors three times and the doctors prescribed her with Tamiflu—but Piper’s condition did not improve. At one point Piper had a 105 degree fever, Q13 reported.

“She continued to have high fevers just like me; it was horrible,” Lowery said. “She vomited up blood. I said Piper, ‘I have to take you to Mary Bridge.’ That’s what the doctor said if she hadn’t improved in 24 to 48 hours.”

Lowery was on her way to the hospital with Piper—but once she got to the emergency room parking lot, Piper collapsed in her mom’s arms, and it was too late.

“Her legs were spaghetti noodles. It just went that way and she said, ‘Oh momma’ and she collapsed in my arms.”

Doctors tried to revive Piper for hours but were unable to save her. Lowery said the flu attacked her kidneys, and ultimately caused renal failure.

The Kitsap County Public Health District say the flu season could possibly last until the end of April.