Getting a cold is usually not a life-threatening emergency, but a South Bay couple say it might be the reason their son died.
Mark and Belle Ang have been living in shock for the past two weeks after their healthy, vibrant and athletic 9-year-old son, Tristan, died suddenly.
Doctors believe that Tristan's death may have stemmed from a rare complication of cold or adenovirus.
"They said it was unfortunately one of the complications that it can go to the brain," says Mark Ang.
"Wake up every morning, it's a fight for us," added Belle Ang. "At night you can't sleep."
The vapors said it began a week before one of Tristan's taekwondo competitions. The third graduate, who attended the Marshall Pomeroy Elementary School in Milpitas, was a major fan of the sport and also a black belt. Mark said that Tristan was a little weak, a little tired, with headaches, fever, nausea and vomiting.
Doctors sent them home from the hospital and said he was only dehydrated. But a few days later, he began to look terrified and struggled to say his own name.
"I was so worried, worried that I told my dad, can you keep track of the other two, we'll go to the rescue service again," Mark Ang said.
Once in intensive care, Tristan's brain began to swell, and soon his heart stopped. Four times.
"After the fourth time, it was when the doctor told Belle and I that he was dying," Mark said. "As a nurse, I know. But as a dad I don't want to believe it."
Within 3 hours, Tristan was gone.
Neither Mark nor Belle, both nurses, could believe it. 19659013] "We blame ourselves. What were we missing?" Belle said.
The vapors have two other small children, but Tristan was their first born, and they had tried 14 years to get him.
The family wanted to donate Tristan's body to another patient but said he was not qualified for having the adenovirus.
A GoFundMe page launched July 1 on behalf of the Ang family had collected nearly $ 8,000 of a $ 10,000 goal from Thursday night