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.
“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.”
“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…
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.