The relatives of Alani "Joie" Murrieta are warning the public to take the flu seriously after the mother of two 20-year-old children died unexpectedly last week, only one day after receiving the diagnosis. The death of the woman from Phoenix, Arizona, surprised her family, who said she had always been healthy.
"Do not take life for granted, if you feel unwell, go to the doctor, wait until your symptoms are so bad that there is no turning back," Stephanie Gonzales told Murrieta's aunt. "Know your body."
Murrieta was sent home early on November 26 because she was not feeling well.
On Monday, he went to a nearby emergency service. After waiting there for a few hours, he was told that he had the flu and was prescribedan antiviral medication.
No one was surprised to hear that Murrieta had the flu. His two children were sick earlier in the week.
"We were all together for Thanksgiving and the children got sick, then the adults got sick," Gonzalez explained. "He traveled through our family, everyone got over it, everybody was fine."
Like everyone else in his family, Murrieta thought he might fall asleep.
But on Tuesday morning, his health took a turn for the worse. He coughed uncontrollably and, in a moment, coughed up blood.
"She looked worried, she told her mother that it was difficult for her to breathe," Gonzalez said.
Murrieta's mom quickly took her to Banner Estrella Medical Centro, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia.
"His oxygen levels were low," González described. "He did an X-ray and discovered that his flu had turned into pneumonia, he was given antibiotics and an intravenous serum."
Finally, Murrieta lost consciousness.
"Arrive here now, it's wrong," Gonzalez remembers the text that Murrieta's mother sent him around noon that day.
When Gonzalez arrived at the hospital, Murrieta's health had deteriorated. They put her on a respirator and then her heart stopped.
When the doctors began the chest compressions, Gonzalez, who was in the room with Murrieta's mother at the time, remembers shouting: "Fight, fight, fight! Fight for the children". "
But the doctors told them there was nothing else they could do.
" He was gone, "Gonzalez said." We just could not believe it. We were in shock. "
Murrieta did notGonzales said, but his doctors said there is no way to know if that would have been possible, a difference.
of health say thatdoes not appear to be a good combination for the virus, it was only 10 percent effective during the recent flu season in Australia, which typically sets a pattern However, they still encourage everyone to get the vaccine, because it offers some protection and can reduce the severity of the symptoms if they get sick.
According to the(CDC), more than 7,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in the US so far this fall, which is more than double last year's number. related deaths s with the flu have ranged from a minimum of around 3,000 per year to a maximum of around 49,000 in bad flu seasons.
Murrieta's aunt seemed stunned by how quickly the illness turned deadly.
I wonder what I was feeling. How did you feel when you started having trouble breathing? We will never have answers, "Gonzalez said." When I got to her I could not talk anymore. "
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral expenses, so far, it has raised almost $ 17,000.
" Never I thought he would make arrangements for his funeral, "Gonzalez said." We are very overwhelmed. We can not believe that his story has touched and reached so many people. We are really amazed. "