A teacher who was otherwise perfectly healthy and fit is close to death after contracting both strains of influenza.
Doctors are working to save a Texas special education teacher who came down with both strains of the influenza virus, and as a result is facing life-threatening pneumonia in both lungs as well as an MRSA infection. Crystal Whitley, 35, is physically active and has no underlying health conditions, but that did not matter when she came down with both flu strains.
She is under the care of doctors at Baylor Scott and White, and while she is currently on life support, doctors are hopeful that she will recover as she is showing signs of improvement. However, it will take months for her to leave the hospital if she does end up recovering.
It is a particularly shocking case because Whitley had the flu shot back in October shortly after giving birth to a child.
“[The doctor] said if she recovered from this, she could live a pretty normal life,” said Christy Lewis, Whitley’s friend, according to a report from WFAA Channel 8, an ABC affiliate. “She wouldn’t be able to run any marathons. But he didn’t know if she would pull through it.”
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