Family urges parents to get children vaccinated after 7-year-old daughter dies from flu complications
Selina Nguyen started feeling sick the weekend before Christmas after contracting H1N1 virus and went into a coma two days later
A young Colorado girl died this past week after battling flu symptoms that left her hospitalized and in a coma for the last seven weeks. She was not vaccinated against the flu and her parents are now trying to raise awareness of the dangers of not vaccinating children against the potentially deadly disease.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by the family of seven-year-old Selina Nguyen, she began feeling sick the weekend just before Christmas with her symptoms at the time not alarming enough to warrant medical attention.
However, her conditioned worsened over the next 48 hours after she first developed the symptoms and, on Christmas Eve, she was admitted to a children's hospital. She went into a coma the same day, and her family was informed that the seven-year-old had the H1N1 virus —which can cause severe infections amongst the elderly and young children.
People reported that the surgeries on Selina to relieve the pressure inside her skull proved to be ineffective and that her family was "praying for a miracle." Her family worked with the hospital to explore "every avenue" but, even weeks later, the seven-year-old showed no signs of brain activity and was unresponsive.
On Sunday, February 10, the family announced they had to take the difficult decision to take the girl, described as a "loving, kind-hearted, and giving child," off life support. They said she had passed away peacefully and thanked everyone for their prayers and support.
They also took the opportunity to highlight some worrying statistics about the flu in Colorado. Over 600 people have been hospitalized with the flu in the state this season. They urged parents to not make the same mistake they made and vaccinate their children immediately.
"Shots for Tots and Teens is a no-cost or low-cost provider [for vaccines]," they wrote on the GoFundMe page. "The program offers low- and no-cost Saturday immunization clinics throughout the year in Aurora, Denver, and Arvada with the help of experienced immunization nurses, fire medics, paramedics, health care and community volunteers. Each clinic also offers fun activities and prizes for kids, including fire engine and ambulance tours!"
The viewing for Selena is set to take place at 3020 Federal Boulevard on Saturday, February 16, between 12 pm and 8 pm and on Sunday, February 17, between 8 am and 5 pm. Her memorial service will take place on the latter day between 5 pm and 8 pm. Donations for her services have already crossed the $5,000 goal.