A California family is mourning the loss of their 14-year-old daughter after she died from complications related to the flu (video below).
Gabriella Chabot, 14, came down with the flu toward the end of January, NBC Los Angeles reported. Her symptoms improved after taking Tamiflu, but she left school early on Feb. 8 and was rushed to a local hospital, where she later died.
A vigil was held at La Reina High School’s gymnasium in honor of Gabriella. Several members of the school community prayed for the teenage girl and her family.
"We have prayers for her parents, her sister and her brother," Sharon Hobbie, Gabriella’s grandmother, told NBC Los Angeles.
Gabriella's father, Michael Chabot, took to Facebook on Feb. 9 to talk about the devastating loss.
"Today I experienced the day that no parent should. I lost my daughter... my angel Gabriella Chabot. We are heartbroken," Michael wrote. "She would have been 15 on 2/16/18. I love you peanut! Papi will never forget you. You will always be my angel."
Several social media users responded to Michael's post, offering their condolences and words of support.
"Michael you don’t know me but I just want you to know you are in my heart. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I truly am," wrote one user. "My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…"
"Very heartbreaking to hear of your loss Mike. Just know you all have the love and support of all of your friends," wrote another. "You and Janice are wonderful human beings and only time can heal. When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. Anything you need from me Mike, I am there."
Another user, who said he was a student at La Reina High School, spoke highly of Gabriella.
"Although I didn’t know Gabriella personally, I know in my heart that she was an absolutely amazing person who enhanced the lives of everyone who was honored to know her. She was a beautiful and wonderful girl, who will be incredibly missed by the community," the user wrote. "There are no words to be able to express how much I’ve been praying for you all and keeping your family in my thoughts. I hope for peace and God’s grace to be with you and your family."
According to the Department of Public Health, there have been 158 reported deaths caused by the flu in Los Angeles County alone.
"We never anticipated that the flu is going to get this bad," physician Alice Benjamin told the news station.