In January 2015, Briony Caitlin Klingberg was a 10-year-old little girl living in Adelaide, Australia. One day, she began to feel feverish and sick. It wasn’t until she stopped showing interest in eating and drinking that her mother, Bridget, became particularly concerned.
Bridget took Briony to several doctors, but they were never sent home with a diagnosis. It was a complete guessing game as to the reason for Briony’s condition.
No one detected Briony was suffering from herpes simplex virus, a common yet dangerous illness.
Back at home, Briony started vomiting and was having trouble swallowing. Her parents took her back to the doctor, where white ulcers were detected in the back of her throat that looked just like cold sores. However, Briony was diagnosed with a general throat infection and prescribed antibiotics.
Briony was sent home and was told to come back the following week for a follow-up.
Tragically, Briony did not live long enough to return to the doctor.