Over 1,000 miles away from each other, two children have died this week from what both of their parents believe to have been the flu.

In Rock Port, Texas, the family of Martin “Chucky” Campbell, 8, continue their search for answers as to why he died on Sunday, WHAS11 reports.


His mother Jasmine Solis said they took Chucky to the emergency room on Sunday after he began showing flu-like symptoms.

Solis said:

“It was just like a normal fever.”

A health professional diagnosed Chucky with the flu, prescribed him some medicine, and sent him home. A few hours later things took a turn for the worst.

According to WHAS11, Solis said:

“That’s when we noticed that he was pretty much turning purple.”

Solis and her boyfriend were unable to revive Chucky after calling 911. After being taken to a Portland Hospital, Chucky went into cardiac arrest.

When Solis arrived at the hospital, “He was gone.”

She said:

“We didn’t know what to do. I can’t comprehend why. He’s so little. He’s so bubbly, and he still had so much.”

Days later, Sable Gibson, 10, in Mason, Ohio would face a similar fate.

According to WDSU6, Sable was a fourth-grade student at Western Row Elementary School. School officials report that early Tuesday morning, Sable was diagnosed with strep throat and the flu.

Tuesday afternoon, Sable went into cardiac arrest. She died on Wednesday.

In a note to students’ parents, Tracey Carson, the public information officer for Mason City Schools, said :

Our hearts are with the Gibson family during this very difficult time. We also lift up all of Sable’s classmates, teachers and support staff. We will have additional counselors at Western Row tomorrow.

Holly Rauch Gibson, Sable’s mother, is heartbroken by her daughter’s unexpected passing.

It is with shattered hearts that we share that our sweet Sable Paige took her first steps into Jesus’ arms tonight.Our…

Posted by Holly Rauch Gibson on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gibson posted on Facebook:

It is with shattered hearts that we share that our sweet Sable Paige took her first steps into Jesus’ arms tonight. For now we are trying to live out what we say believe, and stand on the hope of life and peace that we have in Jesus. Please, please, please pray for our family in this dark time. We can’t imagine our lives without our baby girl.

According to Hopkins Medicine, influenza or the flu is an infection that affects “the air passages of the lungs.”

The Huffington Post reported in January 2018 about an Ontario study that during “the first week of infection, some people may experience as much as a 600 percent increase in the risk for a cardiac arrest.”

Researchers believe the increased risk is a result of the extensive stress endured while a person fights off a virus.

Symptoms of the flu include a fever, sore throat, nausea, headache, and a runny or stuffy nose. Hopkins Medicine suggests parents contact their child’s health care provider if symptoms worsen, do not improve, or if new symptoms appear.

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8 Replies to “Families Mourn After Two Children Die From the Flu After Going Into Cardiac Arrest”

  • Cara 2 years ago

    People are so afraid to get vaccines anymore. And the flu vaccine doesn’t prevent all strains of flu. But please, people, vaccinate! I’d so much rather my kids stand an unproven chance of something happening from a vaccine than for them to die from an illness that might have been prevented.
    I AM NOT judging these families!!! My heart breaks for them and I know if they’d realized how quickly flu can become deadly they would have done things differently. And maybe they did get the flu vaccine even. Praying for these families and their unimaginable pain!!

  • Pam 2 years ago

    If you study what a vaccine does to the body, you won’t want one. They do not protect you from dying of the flu. They actually shortcut the immune process, which is why most people who die of the flu HAVE been vaccinated. Instead of allowing your body to respond to the flu in a normal way, via your immune system, the vaccination causes it to take shortcuts that bypass the full immune response. You are likely to get the flu from the vaccine, but you are not afforded the full protection you would have had without it. You’re better off boosting your immune system than taking a flu shot. You want your immune system to give it all it’s got, not take a shortcut. Eat healthy, take vitamin D every day (5,000 IU for adults), and stay hydrated. Just wash your hands thoroughly whenever you come in from being around other people and always before eating, and teach your kids to do the same. Instead of vaccinating everyone, we should be providng vitamin D for everyone and plenty of handwashing stations.

  • Lance Merlin 2 years ago

    You can’t get the flu from the vaccine. That’s an urban legend. A vaccine, basically, is a dead strain of the virus. When your immune system detects it, it attacks it as if it were the living version and so develops the necessary antibodies to fight it off. Once you have a given antibody, you have it for life. So get the shot and if you ever get the live version, you will have protection, specifically designed to fight it, already in place. It’s called modern medicine. You know, part of what we call civilization. If it weren’t for vaccines, we’d still have small pox and a host of other potentially lethal viruses running around. Take advantage of what the great minds of our time have been able to accomplish with the gifts God has given us.

  • christopher musser 2 years ago

    May these two precious children rest on the wings of angels and never be forgotten! It is a sad day.

  • Melanie 2 years ago

    I wanted to let people know that those antibodies they build in their body after a vaccine may fade away with time. It loses its strength beginning in your 40s. That is why adults need booster shots. I agree vaccinating babies and children with the common childhood vaccines, but the influenza vaccines are a different animal I say. There are so many strains of influenza that a lot of times these vaccines that are given are not even covering a particular influenza that is in your area and they surely do not prevent the flu from happening. There are a lot of people that have had life altering side effects from the flu vaccine and it has caused death as well. You have to weigh the pros and cons of the influenza vaccine and make that hard decision.

  • Ronnie 2 years ago

    If you have the vaccine for life, why do you need one every year? And why don’t they give the statistics of the people affected by the side affects, which my father got! Guillain-Barre Syndrome! He’s still bed ridden and probably will never recover fully after acquiring it four years ago. ?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I agree 100% with Pam !

  • Daniel 2 years ago

    That pan gal. Your full it. Get vaccinated.

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