A mother of two from Arizona died just a day after she was diagnosed with the flu.
Alani Murrieta, 20, from Phoenix, went home from work on Sunday, November 26, because she was not feeling well, reports Fox 10.
"On Monday she still felt bad, so her sister She took her and her children to the emergency room, diagnosed them with the flu and sent her home with flu medicine, "said Stephanie Gonzales, her aunt.
Gonzales told CBS News that no one was surprised to hear that Murrieta had the flu. Her two children had been sick earlier in the week and had improved.
"He traveled through our family, everyone got over it, everybody was fine," he said.
At 7:00 am on Tuesday morning, Murrieta had to be taken to the hospital because she had breathing problems. The staff told the family members that the girl had pneumonia and that her health continued to decline.
"He was admitted to the hospital at 7:30 and by 3:25 he was gone," Gonzales said.
She was put on an artificial respirator before her heart stopped completely.
"They were trying to resuscitate her, and they tried for several minutes and they told my sister that they could not do anything else, that she was gone," Gonzales said.
Family members insist that Murrieta is completely healthy, without pre-existing conditions. He was not vaccinated against the flu, but his doctors reportedly said there is no way to know if that would have made a difference.
Medical experts discovered that the vaccine against the Australian flu, which has the same composition as that used in the USA. In the United States, it was only 10 percent effective in preventing the strain of flu virus that circulated there this year, according to a perspective published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Gonzales is now urging others to take the flu seriously.
"Do not take life for granted, if you feel bad, go to the doctor, do not wait until your symptoms are so bad that there is no turning back," he said. "Know your body."
Murrieta leaves behind a two-year-old boy and another six-month-old boy. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.