An 11-year-old New York boy has died after a severe bout of the flu sent him into cardiac arrest.
Luca Calanni, of Hamburg, contracted the virus last week and his mother, Ashley, took him to his pediatrician's office three days in a row for treatment.
On Wednesday, after not seeing any signs of improvement, she took him to John R Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo to receive fluids, reported WTKR.
It was there that Luca was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with septic shock.
His health declined rapidly before the virus attacked his heart and he went into cardiac arrest, ultimately passing away on Saturday.
His family says the tween was vaccinated - but the National Institutes of Health's own flu expert says this year's shot is an imperfect match for the B strain that's been responsible for the majority of severe illnesses and deaths of children.
Luca Calanni, 11 (left and right), of Hamburg, New York, contracted the flu early last week. His mother brought him to his doctor's office three times before taking him to the hospital on Wednesday
Doctors at Hohn R Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo diagnosed Luca (pictured) with septic shock, and his condition continued to worsen
Ashley told WTKR that she doesn't want her son to be just a 'statistic' and only remembered as a one of the children who died from influenza.
'I want him to be remembered for the wonderful boy he was, and not just another flu-related death,' she said.
'He was vaccinated, and we did everything possible to prevent and to help him.'
Luca is the second child in New York to be taken from from their devastated families by flu during this unusually early season.
Ashley said her son was an 'amazing brother' to his three sisters and was a fan of the NFL team, the Buffalo Bills.
'I would even say he was a