A young married couple, Chris and Leslie Creekmore, both shared symptoms of the flu earlier this month. While Chris was able to recover, his wife Leslie, who was 20 weeks pregnant, was admitted to the hospital on January 11th.
In researching tips for a healthy pregnancy, the couple came across a recommendation to avoid the flu vaccine in the first trimester. Since their OB-GYN agreed, stating that he was wary of giving flu shots during the first trimester, Leslie had planned to get vaccinated on January 13th when she went in for her 20-week ultrasound. Instead, she succumbed to the flu and was put on a ventilator that day.
She has since been unconscious, suffering a miscarriage, a collapsed lung and a surgery to receive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy which provides heart-lung bypass support and circulates blood through an artificial lung back to…
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