After she came down with the influenza virus earlier this month, Heather Holland, 38, a teacher in Willow Park, Texas, was prescribed Tamiflu, an antiviral medication used widely during the flu season. Her husband, Frank Holland, told the Wall Street Journal, that his wife decided not to take the medication after she discovered it would cost $116.
“Friday night, things escalated and she ended up in the ICU. The doctors got the blood cultures back and they had to put her on dialysis early Saturday.”
Sadly, Holland went into septic shock and the mother-of-two died the following morning, less than a week after she first began displaying symptoms. Frank Holland said,
“I have to be strong for the kids but it’s still surreal, it hasn’t all set in.”
USA Today says the flu is more deadly this season and has killed 63 children, so far. The CDC doesn’t keep track of adult flu deaths but closely monitors child deaths. It is the worst to hit the U.S. in nearly a decade, according to federal health officials.
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