STATES CHRONICLE – This January 16th the flu killed a 12-year-old girl from Port Orchard, Washington. The girl started complaining about flu-related symptoms and was treated with medication accordingly to her symptoms, but her state only got worse, her temperature rose at alarming levels and she suffered a renal failure and then died last Saturday. Doctors found that she was suffering from an influenza infection.
The flu killed a 12-year-old for the first time in seven years. Because the influenza is caused by a virus, the doctors could not have prescribed antibiotics to the little girl. Virus infections cannot be treated, but they could be prevented with proper vaccination.
The influenza symptoms and complications are fever, nausea, light headedness, dehydration, headaches, runny nose, bronchitis, encephalitis and sinusitis. The renal failure occurred after her temperature spiked, the immune system was down because of the virus and her metabolism started working at alarming speeds. A high fever could prove to be very dangerous, especially on a 12-year-old child that is already weak and dehydrated.
According to her relatives, Piper Lowery, the girl that died last week because of the flu, was a very religious, nice and hardworking child. She used to sing whenever she had the chance, while in the car, while doing chores, with others or by herself. She used to sing Carrie Underwood’s song “Church Bells” when she was in the car with her mother.
The family had a nice surprise to discover a video footage of her singing the latest Adele hit song, “Hello” while riding her motorbike. And she did break the heart of family and friends for leaving them too soon.
Piper’s parents tried very hard to conceive a child and after years of hard work they Piper came to be via in vitro fertilization. Three years later she was accompanied by her brother, Brian. Her mother says that she was an incredibly emotionally developed child, she used to care for her brother and bring her father “treats” while he worked in the garage.
And even though they were rather new to the area, the principle from Piper’s school send a very emotional e-mail to her parents saying that she was an exceptional child that made friends easily and was very much loved by her colleagues at school. She even won a “Terrific Kid” award last fall’s semester.
While influenza-related deaths are usually rare, flu killed a 12-year-old girl from Port Orchard, Washington and it should be an alarm signal for parents who don’t vaccinate their children.
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