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Monday, April 26, 2010

US : Follow-up file: Woman slowly recovers from bout with H1N1

Via, the after effects of the dreaded H1N1 / swine flu as told by this gutsy woman from Illinois:

" Kincaid resident Mindy Dees was fired from her job, lost her hair and saw her car repossessed.
She is struggling to regain her strength and improve the use of her left hand in the wake of lung and nerve damage.

Her problems all stem from a near-fatal bout with H1N1 flu.

“It’s been a hard road, but it can only look up from here,” the married mother of two children said last week.

Dees, 30, who said she lost her job at the Taylorville office of NewWave Communications because she was too weak to return to work, was one of more than 3,000 Illinoisans hospitalized with the novel strain of influenza over the past several months.

She first became ill Oct. 18, the second day she was helping to staff an outdoor booth for her employer during Taylorville Chillifest. That was before the H1N1 vaccine was available. Dees almost died from pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome before being released after a two-month stay at Memorial Medical Center that cost $600,000."

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