BARTON - Thereâs nothing like a small community to rally around someone during their time of need and that is exactly what is happening for the Nicole Matten family.
Mattenâs family is planning a benefit dance and raffle for Feb. 11 at the Elksâ Club. There is also an account set up at Community National Bank.
The family will use the money to cover funeral expenses and for a headstone for their daughter, seven-year-old Kaylynne Matten, who passed away Dec. 6, four days after her Well Child Checkup. Â
âShe had her routine physical and they asked if I wanted the flu shot and I said, might as well,â recalled Nicole Matten, during an interview Friday afternoon. âIâve never been anti-vaccine or anything.â
Saturday, Dec.3, the family went to Burlington. The next day the family went to her husbandâs company Christmas party. Kaylynne complained of a headache on Saturday and then again on Sunday. On Sunday, Nicole Matten gave Kaylynne Tylenol, returned home and the family made Christmas ornaments.
The Mattens finished the ornaments and made lunch. However, Kaylynne didnât have much of an appetite and fell asleep on the stairs while decorating the banister.Â An hour or so later, Kaylynne woke and complained she didnât feel well.Â
âI felt her head, she was hot,â said Nicole Matten who added that Kaylynne still had Tylenol in her system. âHer fever was 102.3.â
Nicole Matten waited a little while and then spoke to the on-call doctor who said to alternate Tylenol and Motrin every three hours, to keep an eye on her and she should be okay. On Monday, Kaylynne woke up and used the bathroom and was somewhat disoriented.Â
âShe said âMommy I feel like I donât know where I am.â I said, 'Itâs okay,'" Nicole Matten said. "I contributed that to the fever."
Kaylynne slept most of Monday afternoon with the exception of a few minutes when she colored with her sister Brooklynne. Monday night, Kaylynne complained of body aches and wanted to go to the bathroom but couldnât. Kaylynneâs body, on Tuesday, was cold and her legs and hands were blotchy.
Nicole Matten called the doctorâs office who said to bring her in. By the time they got her dressed, her lips were a little purple. Nicole Matten and her mother, Linda Kirk, rushed Kaylynne to the doctorâs office in Newport. However, they didnât make it in time and Kaylynne stopped breathing by Columbia Forest Products.
âShe stopped breathing in my arms,â said Nicole Matten. She called her husband at work who met them at the doctorâs office. He sat with Kaylynne the entire time doctorâs worked on his daughter.
âWe went to Dr. Mosleyâs office, I ran herÂ in and they took right a hold of her. Everyone at the doctorâs office was right there working on her. They transferred her from Dr. Mosleyâs to the hospital in the back of an ambulance. They kept working trying and trying. I donât know if it was their trauma team or what, but they did an amazing job.â
Nicole Matten believes in her heart that the flu shot caused her daughterâs death, but wonât know for sure until the family gets the autopsy results.
The family stays strong by being there for each other.
âIf heâs down I stay strong for him and vice-versa,â said Nicole Matten. They have plans to go to grief counseling. âRight now weâre just keeping her memory alive and smiling at her pictures. When he needs to cry or laugh or anything, Iâve got his back and heâs got mine.â