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Mom dies of Swine Flu after giving birth

New mom dies of Swine Flu
Courtesy Columbus Dispatch
A new mom had aspirations of watching her little girl grow up - just as any new mom would- but, that was cut short a week after giving birth.

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.



  • Bree 5 years ago

    This is such a sad story. Prevention is more important than ever. Parents, Teachers: I know of a great program called Germy Wormy Germ Smart that teaches kids to understand how germs spread and how to NOT spread germs. My daughter learned it at pre-school. It was so much fun for her, and amazing how quickly the kids learned healthier hygiene habits! The website speaks for itself: