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How the flu almost killed a teenager

December 12, 2019


LAST YEAR WANTS TO ENCOURAGE
OTHERS NOT TO MAKE THE SAME OTHERS NOT TO MAKE THE SAME
MISTAKE. MISTAKE.
>>THIS IS REBECCA LAST>>THIS IS REBECCA LAST
DECEMBER. DECEMBER.
>>THEY WERE PREPARING US FOR>>THEY WERE PREPARING US FOR
THE WORST AT ONE POINT I WAS THE WORST AT ONE POINT I WAS
TOLD I MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER TOLD I MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER
ARRANGEMENTS. ARRANGEMENTS.
JAIL IT STARTED WITH REBECCA JAIL IT STARTED WITH REBECCA
FEELING ACHY IN SCHOOL. FEELING ACHY IN SCHOOL.
>>BY THE END OF THE DAY I>>BY THE END OF THE DAY I
REMEMBER LYING IN MY BED AND I REMEMBER LYING IN MY BED AND I
WAS LIKE, IT HURT TO MOVE. WAS LIKE, IT HURT TO MOVE.
>>WITHIN HOURS REBECCA’S>>WITHIN HOURS REBECCA’S
FEVER SKY ROCKETED TO 106. FEVER SKY ROCKETED TO 106.
>>SHE STARTED COUGHING UP>>SHE STARTED COUGHING UP
THICK BLOOD. THICK BLOOD.
>>SHE WAS TRANSFERRED TO A>>SHE WAS TRANSFERRED TO A
BIGGER HOSPITAL. BIGGER HOSPITAL.
IN THE AMBULANCE REBECCA GOT IN THE AMBULANCE REBECCA GOT
WORSE. WORSE.
>>SHE WASN’T STABLE.>>SHE WASN’T STABLE.
SHE HAD TO BE RESUSCITATED A SHE HAD TO BE RESUSCITATED A
COUPLE TIMES. COUPLE TIMES.
>>SHE WAS NEAR DEATH WHEN SHE>>SHE WAS NEAR DEATH WHEN SHE
ARRIVED. ARRIVED.
>>SHE WAS ON A VENTILATOR TO>>SHE WAS ON A VENTILATOR TO
HELP HER BREATHE. HELP HER BREATHE.
SHE REQUIRED MEDICATION TO SHE REQUIRED MEDICATION TO
KEEP HER HEART AND BLOOD KEEP HER HEART AND BLOOD
PRESSURE FUNCTIONING. PRESSURE FUNCTIONING.
SHE WAS IN WHAT WE CALL SEVERE SHE WAS IN WHAT WE CALL SEVERE
SEPTIC SHOCK. SEPTIC SHOCK.
>>AND THEN SHE NEEDED THE>>AND THEN SHE NEEDED THE
STRENGTH AND STAMINA TO WALK STRENGTH AND STAMINA TO WALK
AGAIN. AGAIN.
TODAY SHE IS JUST ABOUT BACK TODAY SHE IS JUST ABOUT BACK
TO NORMAL EXCEPT THE TRAIK — TO NORMAL EXCEPT THE TRAIK —
THE TRAIK YOT — TRACHEOTOMY THE TRAIK YOT — TRACHEOTOMY
SCAR ON HER THROAT. SCAR ON HER THROAT.
THEY ARE ADVOCATES FOR FLU THEY ARE ADVOCATES FOR FLU
SHOTS AND SHE SAYS SHE IS GLAD SHOTS AND SHE SAYS SHE IS GLAD
IT HAPPENED TO HER. IT HAPPENED TO HER.
>>IT IS A BIG LESSON.>>IT IS A BIG LESSON.
APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE. APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE.
I AM ALIVE. I AM ALIVE.
>>WHILE THE FLU IS HARDEST ON>>WHILE THE FLU IS HARDEST ON
YOUNG CHILDREN AND HOLDER — YOUNG CHILDREN AND HOLDER —
OLDER ADULTS, EVERY YEAR THERE OLDER ADULTS, EVERY YEAR THERE
ARE HEALTHY TEENAGERS AND ARE HEALTHY TEENAGERS AND
ADULTS WHO DIE FROM

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