Price McMahon: Mom of two, 36, with no underlying medical conditions dies from 'one in a million' flu case

Price McMahon: Mom of two, 36, with no underlying medical conditions dies from 'one in a million' flu case
Price Merepol McMahon (L) died from the flu on December 20, 2022 (GoFundMe)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Price Merepol McMahon, a Wellesley resident, reportedly died from the flu on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Medical professionals referred to the death of the young woman from flu in Boston, Massachusetts, as a "one-in-a-million" case since McMahon was just 36 years old when she died and had no underlying medical conditions.

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According to reports, McMahon had been feeling unwell for two days when her condition swiftly deteriorated on Monday, December 19. The yearly virus has returned after largely being dormant during the Covid pandemic. Experts claim that the current flu season is the deadliest since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Young children and the elderly are the groups most at risk from the flu. Everyone else, as long as they do not have any underlying medical issues, is generally safe. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the end-of-the-year "tripledemic" of the flu, Covid, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the United States may soon come to an end.

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Ian Meropol, McMahon's brother, told the Boston Globe that she "was always incredibly smart, hardworking, driven, she was the one that everyone knew would be successful." She had a very busy lifestyle and was in good physical form.

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McMahon's relatives claimed that she participated in tennis, and skiing, and even finished the New York City Marathon, as reported by the Boston Globe. She has held executive roles in the past at American Express and Burberry and was even geared up to run the Boston Marathon in April.

McMahon spent the day of Hanukkah and the 2022 World Cup Final with her family on Sunday, December 18, when they had gathered to watch Argentina win. The evening of Monday, December 19, was when she initially felt ill. From then on, her condition rapidly deteriorated, and by Tuesday afternoon, she died.

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"The doctor's words, I'll always remember this, this is a one-in-a-million case of influenza," Ian Meropol stated. It is unknown what complications McMahon experienced or if there were any particulars about her infection that contributed to her untimely death. 

CDC claims that up to 35,000 Americans die from the flu each year, however recent rates in death have been attributed to the Covid pandemic. People over 65 or children under 5 make up the great bulk of these cases. Additionally, those who have diabetes, heart disease, or asthma are at a higher risk. However, the flu rarely has life-threatening side effects. 

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