No Prior Existing Conditions but Dead Anyway - page 7

Who would think that a normally healthy woman would die so swiftly from influenza in June? Could you ever have imagined such a thing? No wonder her family and friends are in shock. So why did... Read More

  1. by   indigo girl
    Corpus Christi, Texas

    My heart goes out to these families.

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    The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District announced that it has received confirmation of a second death in Nueces County as a result of the H1N1 Flu Virus, which is commonly referred to as the "Swine Flu." The woman, who was a Corpus Christi resident, died at 11:24 p.m. on August 3, 2009 at Spohn South Hospital.

    According to Dr. William Burgin, Jr., Local Health Authority, the woman had been hospitalized since July 20, 2009. The woman, who was in her early thirties, reportedly did not have a history of travel to Mexico or any medical condition prior to the onset of the illness.
  2. by   indigo girl
    Girl Dies on Flight Back to Brazil

    If she was on Tamiflu, I cannot believe that she was traveling on an airplane in the first place.

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    A 15-year-old Brazilian girl who died on a flight yesterday to Sao Paulo from the U.S. was taking Tamiflu, the antiviral drug used to treat swine flu, O Globo reported.

    The teenager's aunt said the girl was healthy when she traveled to the U.S. two weeks ago to visit Disneyworld and fell ill on July 29, the Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper reported. She visited a hospital in Orlando and was given Tamiflu, which can be prescribed for the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, O Globo said.

    Doctors traveling on the same flight tried to revive the girl after her heart and breathing had stopped, O Globo said.
  3. by   indigo girl
    South Africa

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    Swine flu has claimed its first South African victim - Stellenbosch University student Ruan Muller.

    The 22-year-old was admitted to hospital with pneumonia after two weeks of illness, but he died last Tuesday.

    The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed on Monday that he had been diagnosed with pandemic influenza A (H1N1), commonly known as swine flu.

    "Firstly, my deepest sympathy with the family, who last saw their son last week. We are truly sorry for your loss," Western Cape Health MEC Theuns Botha said on Monday.

    He added that the public should not panic.

    "(Muller) did not have an underlying medical condition or compromised immune system. His death was unusual and the overwhelming number of people who contract the virus recover fully," Botha said.

    Lucille Blumberg, deputy director of the NICD, said that while this was unusual, it had been "well described" that new pandemic strains could cause complications in healthy individuals.
    (hat tip PFI/helblindi)
  4. by   indigo girl
    Walton County, Florida

    I hate looking at the pictures of these young people.

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    A 21-year-old man died Thursday as a result of swine flu, the first such death of an Okaloosa, Santa Rosa or Walton County resident during this year’s outbreak.

    Chase Ray died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where he’d been hospitalized for more than a week with the H1N1 virus.

    “I don’t know if he’d ever been sick a day in his life” before that, said Ray’s pastor, Louis Taunton of New Beginnings Church in Freeport. “I don’t know if anybody knows how he got it.”

    ...on Wednesday, the Health Department did confirm two recent H1N1 cases in Walton County.

    The first was detected July 15 in a 17-year-old who apparently was exposed to the virus while traveling out-of-state.

    The second case, presumably Ray’s, was confirmed last week. He was believed to have contracted the virus in Orlando.

    Taunton said doctors determined Ray had swine flu about a week after he was hospitalized.

    Before that, “they just thought he had a bad virus, couldn’t seem to get it under control,” he said.

    Ray lived about six days after his case was confirmed.
    (hat tip PFI/Ntrain2k)
  5. by   indigo girl
    Hampshire, UK

    I believe that by transferring her for special equipment, it meant that she needed ECMO. Glenfield Hospital in Leiscester is an ECMO provider.

    Another difficult photo to look at...

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    A TALENTED teenager who dreamed of being a doctor and worked with disabled children has become the first person from Hampshire to die after contracting swine flu.

    Top student Madelynne Butcher, 18, will not get the chance to open her Alevel results later this month.
    It will be left to her mother Beverley to see if her daughter scored the grades she needed to get into university where she planned to study biology.

    Madelynne, of Sholing, Southampton , showed no signs of illness when she headed off on holiday to Tenerife with a friend in June to celebrate finishing her exams.

    However, when she returned she was sick and short of breath and her mother took her to see a doctor and then to Southampton General Hospital where she was later sedated.

    After two weeks she was transferred to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester to be treated with specialist equipment.
    (hat tip PFI/pixie)
  6. by   indigo girl
    Yolo County, California

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    Stacey Speegle Hernandez, 30, of Esparto, fell sick with H1N1 and died at Woodland Memorial Hospital on Aug. 7. WHC runs the hospital.

    Hernandez's mother, Tamara Brooks, and her stepfather, Sam, said they felt Hernandez's death could have been avoided with the administration of anti-viral medicine and sooner admittance into the hospital.

    Brooks took Hernandez to Woodland Healthcare on July 24 when she started complaining for flu symptoms. Hospital staff administered a rapid test to verify the strain of flu. They identified the strain as type A influenza, and later confirmed H1N1 (swine flu).

    When Hernandez's condition got worst, Brooks brought Hernandez back to Woodland Healthcare. The doctors said Hernandez had pneumonia and gave her antibiotics and sent her home.

    Brooks said at this point Hernandez could barely talk and was very weak. She continued to get worst, so Brooks called the hospital again.

    Brooks said the hospital staff said Hernandez should see her primary care physician. Brooks took Hernandez to the Esparto CommuniCare Clinic to see a primary care physician, where the doctor said she should be admitted to a hospital immediately. Hernandez was admitted to Woodland Healthcare and passed away several days later.

    "We never thought (swine flu) would hit any of us," Brooks said. Hernandez was an EMT, volunteer firefighter, and in good physical condition.

    Hernandez leaves behind a 10-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

    Hernandez was not considered a high-risk patient and was treated as such, Brooks said. Her descriptions of the treatment match CDC's guidelines.

    High risk patients include children less than five years of age, adults 65 or older; those with chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes); immunosuppressed, pregnant women; patients younger than 19 receiving long-term aspirin therapy; residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities; and obese patients (body mass index greater than 35).
    (hat tip PFI/pixie)
  7. by   indigo girl
    The UK

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    The 30-year-old, who was with the Territorial Army, is thought to be the first UK serviceman to have fallen victim with to swine flu.
    Bombardier Porter's heartbroken parents Ross and Esther and younger brother Jason were supported by close family members during a private religious service in their family home. His burial took place at Portstewart Cemetery.

    A statement from the family said:
    "Lee was a fit, healthy and active young man, who tragically died on July 31, 2009 from respiratory failure and pneumonia, caused by the H1N1 virus. He had no underlying health problem and completed a full Army medical in May of this year.

    "Lee's full time occupation was with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. He was very much a man who understood the meaning of the word "service" and contributed so much to the nation.
    "The devastation of losing Lee has greatly affected the entire family circle and friends. Lee had time for everyone around him and took great interest in all of us. He was big hearted and witty with a caring nature.

    * THE Ministry of Defence has apologised to the family of Northern Ireland's first swine flu fatality.
    Initially the MoD said the 30-year-old bombadier from Coleraine had suffered underlying medical conditions which were exacerbated after he contracted the H1N1 virus.
    But last Thursday the MoD was forced to withdraw this assessment after concerns were raised by Mr Porter's grieving family.
    His parents had become distressed by media speculation, fearing important information may have been kept from them.
    A spokesman from the MoD said:"The MoD has apologised unreservedly to the family and for anything we said that we indicated caused concern at that tragic time."
    (hat tip PFI/pixie)
  8. by   indigo girl
    Gujarat, India

    No mention of any prior health issues, they sound puzzled as to why this child died.

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    A seven-year-old girl died at the Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad government civil hospital in Vadodara.

    Health Secretary Ravi Saxena said Arya Borde was admitted to the S.S.G. hospital on August 5 in a critical condition.

    She had been on ventilator support since August 7. She did not develop any viral pneumonitis patch till August 9. Later the National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi, which tested her blood and other samples, confirmed swine flu. She became critical on Tuesday morning and died in the afternoon.

    Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said the death was baffling as she was provided timely and correct treatment right from the beginning. Perhaps because of her tender age, she could not fight the virus, he said.

    The Bright School, Vasna branch, where she was studying, has been closed till August 16.

    Though she was not going to the school for the past 10 days, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation authorities sent medical teams to the institution to run a check on all students, and none was found affected.
    (hat tip PFI/pixie)
  9. by   RedWeasel
    A volunteer with special needs kids, an EMT,a firefighter-to me these 3 are all HCW/service/first responder deaths. There seems a trend. Also weren't two police officers killed? We are very at risk I think.
  10. by   CrunchRN
    Scary stuff. These are the people we need to care for others. The one young woman had both types of flu? Has that become common?
  11. by   lamazeteacher
    indigogirl's post #83 refers us to a newspaper item which has a slightly different approach to her quote.

    The heading is that this 30 year old HCW(? because it doesn't say when she worked last, before becoming ill) died 14 days following 3 separate visits to medical/HCWs - 2 of which were at the same ER which admitted her only when her condition was grave, without providing a prescription for Tamiflu or another appropriate antiviral medication for her, 12 days after she'd first been seen there and her test the first time, was positive for H1N1!

    At a clinic and at the ER twice she was referred her to her PCP (which she may not have currently had (possibly owed money to), since she worked as a volunteer (according to item#83 in this thread) and may have been uninsured! I suspect that it was her lack of insurance that resulted in such shoddy care. Hospitals don't admit or administer timely medications unless someone is gravely ill, if there is no HC insurance. That could explain why she wasn't admitted until that state of the illness was reached! This era will go down in history as the (greedy, self serving) "dark ages" of health care!

    WHO and the CDC have been issuing bulletins for months, saying any case seen with s/s of flu should be treated AS IF THE PATIENT HAD SWINE (H1N1) flu! That means give antivirals! IT IS PANDEMIC!

    The newspaper article erroneously stated that H1N1 is a combination of different flu viruses, which is technically somewhat true - but the decisive factor is the fact that it is a mutated, extremely potentially dangerous novel flu. It did say that the patient's parents are suing, and I think that's appropriate. She wasn't given Tamiflu, according to them and I believe she should have been given a pregnancy test to see if she was at high risk, the first time she went to the ER.

    Since she survived for 2 weeks after being diagnosed, on July24, it is doubtful that she was pregnant, but that was unknown the first time she went in. Any time a woman of childbearing age (with her reproductive organs intact) is seen with possible H1N1, the diagnosis of a pregnancy that could endanger her further, must be explored!

    It is very sad that H1N1 seems to have been relegated a "back seat" as angry people fight vocally and aggressively over a public health care bill, in Town Hall meetings held to identify purposely planted untruths. The bill will benefit those who we in the USA always have accepted as our responsibility, by way of state and federal health and social care programs (WIC, Medicare, medicaid/medical, Food Stamp, etc.). SHAME!

    Of course the insurance companies, fearing for their slightly diminished but still bulging bank and investment accounts, have escalated the issue of passing a bill that might be chosen by individuals as well as employers, as a less expensive health care alternative. Yet they're the ones protesting that it goes against capitalism and free enterprise!

    I can understand that they are fighting for their very existance, but that doesn't forgive outright lies and fear mongering. Politicians spreading those untruths, especially Sarah Paltin using her Downs' syndrome child are truly the worst of villains!

    Add to those characters, doctors who ally with their employers in providing substandard care to possibly uninsured people, and we are in the darkest of ages -of character, and medicine. Surely a nurse might have spoken to the doctor in each ER visit this patient made, about writing a prescription for an (comparatively inexpensive) antiviral to this patient who is surely a martyr of many issues!
    Last edit by lamazeteacher on Aug 12, '09 : Reason: clarity
  12. by   indigo girl
    San Diego, California

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    The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has just announced that three deaths associated with the pandemic H1N1 Influenza virus had no prior underlying medical conditions.

    The three deaths were a 32-year old male, a 33-year old female and a 49-year old female. Their names have not been released.

    There have been 1005 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu, which includes 16 deaths.

    The HHSA is asking people with any flu-like symptoms to remain home for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
    (hat tip fluwiki/oremus)
  13. by   CrunchRN
    All of a sudden it is back in the news a little. Hopefully they are really preparing as best as they can. I have decided that if we have the chance both my 50 year old husband and I will take the vaccine. I may even volunteer with mass vaccinations if needed if my employer allows me too. Going to be an interesting fall......