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Bug is a friendly ladybug who loves to help children learn about preventing infections so they can be healthy. Alyssia Aguilar created Bug in loving memory of her son Mark Anthony II, who was taken by sepsis when he was only 16 days old.

Bug was inspired by the spirit of Erin “Bug” Flatley, an aspiring teacher who passed away from sepsis when she was 23 years old.  After losing Erin, her father Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, founded Sepsis Alliance. In her memory, Carl and Sepsis Alliance developed Erin’s Campaign for Kids, to help combat the high incidence and mortality rates of sepsis among children. To learn more about the campaign, click here.

Bug Helps You Learn to Stay Sepsis Safe

Bug's Angels

Bug’s Angels represent the children whose lives have been lost to sepsis. Sepsis is the leading cause of death in babies and small children worldwide, taking more lives than childhood cancers in the United States. We remember and honor their lives, their spirits, and their smiles by celebrating them as Bug’s Angels.

Kathryn Edwards

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My 7-month-old daughter passed from sepsis in November 2020. She began to get sick around the end of September without any reason as to why. All her blood work, urine cultures and kidney ultrasounds came back normal. We spent a week in our local PICU on various IV antibiotics and were sent home. The night we were discharged, she declined severely and I rushed her back to the ER and demanded we be sent somewhere else. We were sent to the Children’s hospital a few hours away where Kathryn spent the next 42 days having a port placed, round-the-clock antibiotics, …

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Harper Aitken

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Harper died on the 8th of March 2019, aged 3 years. She had a rash and a high temperature of 41.5°. She was taken to hospital in an ambulance but was discharged due to having perking up, playing, asking for food and water. She also had diarrhea and doctor put it down to a tummy bug. She seemed on the mend the next day but her lips went blue and bruises appeared. I was advised to take her to the GP. She collapsed at the surgery was given a shot of penicillin and came round again. We got another ambulance …

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Arabella Jean Oberg

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Our sweet Arabella was born on September 12th, 2019, healthy at 5lbs 14oz, welcomed by her two fathers, two older brothers and tons of family. She blessed us with her happy little face for 2 months and 10 days, before she gained her angel wings. Never, ever did I expect to lose a child and certainly not as suddenly and unexpectedly as I lost my sweet baby. On November 20th I took Arabella out of her basinet and she was sweaty. Got her undressed, changed her diaper and checked her temp again, it was 102.9 and she wasn’t her normal …

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Millie Rose Giani

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My daughter, Camila “Millie” Rose Giani was a happy, healthy, energetic ray of sunshine. She did a donut party for her fifth birthday on September 14, 2019. She rarely got sick. She loved dancing, singing, art, and had recently started taking tennis lessons with her sister and best friend, Nora (7). Her other best friend was my husband, Patricio – her papi. Patricio is an amazing stay-at-home dad who had taken care of Millie since birth. They were self-proclaimed best buds. And I, well I was the luckiest person alive. I got snuggles every morning and every night. Two amazing …

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Gracelynn Hope L.

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My daughter, Gracelynn Hope, passed away at 7 months old from sepsis. She was born at 33 weeks September 22, 2017, and she passed May 5, 2018. (Sepsis and Children) Gracelynn had Noonan syndrome which was a rare genetic mutation, and malrotation of the intestines. She was thriving after her surgery and we were going to bring her home. (Sepsis and Surgery) December 15th, 2017, she went into respiratory failure and had to be placed on the vent for the first time ever. They could not get her off so the hospital suggested a trach. She got her trach April …

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Resources for Kids

It’s not easy to talk to children about sepsis and preventing infection, especially if a loved one has sepsis. Thankfully, Bug is here to help. With Bug as a guide, we’ve developed kid-friendly resources to teach children about sepsis and infection prevention. Check them out below.

My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit

Having a loved one sick in the hospital can be really confusing. In this guide, Bug helps children understand sepsis and the ICU.

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My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit – Children

Bug Coloring Book

Download this printable coloring book to help children learn about preventing infections. Infection prevention equals sepsis prevention.

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My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit – Children

Bug Holiday Coloring Page

Download this holiday-themed printable coloring page to help children learn about preventing infections. Infection prevention equals sepsis prevention.

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My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit – Children