Courtesy Columbus Dispatch
20-year-old Kelsey Young of Columbus caught the H1N1 virus, or Swine Flu, and was in the hospital for several days before giving birth. Doctors watched over her in intensive care. She had pneumonia and a high fever.
Young delivered Ava Renee at 32 weeks gestation. Doctors had hoped both mom and baby would survive. Baby Ava was born healthy and strong and is in isolation.
Young rebounded somewhat after Ava's birth, but then her health deteriorated fast. She died on Thursday. Her stepfather, Tom Quinn told the Columbus Dispatch, "She left behind a little godsend in Ava."
"Kelsey was beautiful, and she really enjoyed life and she was excited about having this baby," he said.
Pregnant women are among the high-risk groups for Swine Flu. Their immune systems are stretched thin because they have to protect two living beings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women account for 6 percent of U.S. Swine Flu deaths since the pandemic began in April, even though they make up just 1
percent of the population.
A Swine Flu vaccine is expected to be available here in the Tri State sometime in October.