BEACON TRANSCRIPT- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the flu season made its second victim this year. Flu kills a 12-year-old from Washington, prompting the health authorities to again stress out the importance of getting a flu shot.
With flu blooming this season, it’s no wonder the authorities are having a hard time managing the cases. Most of the diagnosed patients come down with a mild form of the disease, thus requiring little treatment. Unfortunately, as mundane as influenza may seem, it can induce several life-threatening complications.
According to medical specialists, if the disease is not treated in time, it can lead to many complications, such as sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and even encephalitis, in very rare instances.
However, as documented by the medical literature, there are very rare instances when people with influenza develop severe complications like renal failure. This was the case of the 12-year-old girl from Washington.
Piper Lowery was just like any other little girl until the disease struck her. Peggy Lowery, Piper’s mother, told the reporters all about Peggy’s condition and how Piper died after just a few days after contracting the disease.
According to her family, the 12-year-old had a clean medical record. On the 12th of January, Piper came down with a high fever, prompting her family to take her to Piper’s daughter. After consulting her, the doctor prescribed Tamiflu to Peggy and told her family if Piper’s condition should not improve, then she should see another medical specialist.
In the interview, Peggy and her husband declared that they indeed went to the hospital and sought the help of two more doctors, but Piper’s condition took a turn for the worse. The bereft mother said that Piper continued to have high fevers and they didn’t what to do.
On their last trip to the hospital, Piper’s condition worsened and she started to vomit blood. Peggy said that Piper couldn’t stand up straight and that her legs were like spaghetti noodles. Piper went into shock. Arriving at the hospital, the doctors in the emergency room tried their best to resuscitate the girl, but to no avail.
Flu kills a 12-year-old from Washington and the authorities have begun to stress out the importance of getting a flu shot in time. According to the coroner’s report, Piper Lowery died due to renal failure. Apparently, the flu damaged Piper’s kidneys, which in term led to renal failure.
CDC reports that Piper is the second flu victim this year and is urging the general population to get vaccinated.