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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.

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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Ivy Hayes

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On the evening of October 3, 2011, my 3-year-old daughter, Ivy, started complaining about a pain in her side. She pointed to where it hurt. At this point, I was concerned, but not alarmed. I thought it could have been a number of things – like her older sisters beating up on her. So I kept a close eye on her. That night, she developed a fever and had problems sleeping, so I knew something was wrong. My first thought was appendicitis, so when my husband woke up early to go to school, I told him what was going on …

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Lucas Dewar

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Our sweet Lucas blessed us with his happy, little face for 13 months and 8 days before he gained his angel wings. Never, ever did I expect to lose a child and certainly not as suddenly and unexpectedly as I lost my sweet baby. Lucas was admitted to the hospital in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 29th, 2018. In the days prior he had some minor cold symptoms, but nothing alarming. I took him to his pediatrician on the morning of April 28th and although his fever had spiked to 105 degrees, she wasn’t alarmed. She said he …

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Anya Coronel

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Anya is my baby. Now, she is in heaven.  On April 18. 2009, Anya was born in Los Banos, Laguna, a science and nature town 60 kilometers south of Metro Manila, Philippines. At my fifth month of pregnancy and during my routine ultrasound scan, my OB-Gyne noticed water in Anya’s head. The doctor told us that the baby might have hydrocephalus and advised us to see a neurosurgeon. My husband and I went to see a neurosurgeon in one of the Philippines’ best hospitals. What he told us was quite devastating – Anya had hydrocephalus and with that amount of …

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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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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.


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