Updated: Sunday, 28 Jun 2009, 3:03 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 27 Jun 2009, 6:03 PM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A young Buffalo girl, just shy of her 10th birthday, has lost her life to the Swine Flu.
News 4 received news of her death late Saturday afternoon.
This is the second child to die from the virus in a week.
9-year-old Maya Harden died just after 9:30 Saturday morning at Women and Children's Hospital.
She'd been on life support for 11 days, and had contracted pneumonia and MRSA. She would have been ten on July 18th.
Harden was a fourth grader at the Charles Drew Science Magnet School 59 Museum Campus.
Akea Hollingsworth says her only child loved music and theater.
Beyonce was her favorite singer.
Harden's death comes exactly one week after 15-year-old Matthew Davis, an eighth grader at Buffalo's Harvey Austin School 97, died from swine flu complications.
"She's up there in heaven with Matthew. I don't think their deaths are in vain. I think now we will start doing more from the hospitals to the schools. We won't let it get this far because some of this could have been avoided. Both of them were healthy children," said the Maya's mother Akea Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth is urging parents to go with their intuition.
She says they should demand answers and take immediate action if they believe their kids are at risk.