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Woman With Flu Dies 3 Weeks After Losing Unborn Baby

Woman With Flu Dies 3 Weeks After Losing Unborn Baby

An Arkansas woman who lost her unborn baby last month after contracting the H1N1 flu virus has died.

Twenty-nine-year-old Leslie Creekmore had been hospitalized first in Arkansas then transferred to St. Louis in mid-January, where a hospital spokesperson confirmed she had died Monday. (Via KMBC)

According to KSDK, just two days after she was moved to St. Louis, Creekmore suffered a miscarriage. She was only 20 weeks pregnant.

Her husband Chris took to Facebook Monday to express his grief. "She's gone now, and the universe itself is lesser for the loss... I loved her with every iota of my being and beyond, and I have no intention of that changing just because she isn't here with me corporeally."

But according to the Centers for Disease Control, both Creekmore's and her baby's lives could have been saved by simply getting a flu shot.

The CDC says on its website, "If you're pregnant, a flu shot is your best protection against serious illness from the flu ... The flu shot is safe to get at any time while you are pregnant, during any trimester."

But CNN reports Creekmore's doctor told her to postpone getting a flu shot until after her first trimester, so she and her husband decided to wait until she was further along in her pregnancy.

In fact, CNN adds Creekmore had planned on getting a shot at a clinic Jan. 13 - the same day she was hospitalized and put on a ventilator in Arkansas.

News of Creekmore's death comes just as the number of flu-related deaths in Arkansas continues to rise. KNWA reports, as of Wednesday, 41 people between the ages of 25 and 50 have died.

Health officials say life-threatening complications from the flu like in Creekmore's case are rare, but the flu is known to increase the risk of miscarriage and premature birth in pregnant women.

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Hello Joe February 12 2014 at 10:55 AM


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Sherry Lee February 12 2014 at 10:12 AM

So sad. My condolences to the family.

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cshae89546 February 12 2014 at 10:00 AM

This is another matter of a woman having the right to freedom of choice in matters involving her body. If a woman has the right to assume the risks associated with aborting a fetus then she should certainly have an equal right to refuse a flu shot.

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pucpaul February 12 2014 at 11:26 AM

Poor woman. How sad.

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Bryan Citrowkse February 12 2014 at 9:45 AM

gotta hydrate

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tayhome2003 February 12 2014 at 12:56 PM

Did she have a flu shot?

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paddleman1928 February 12 2014 at 1:37 PM

article is unclear-did the flu kill her or did the hospital treatment?

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joshisgems paddleman1928 February 12 2014 at 1:50 PM

She died of complications from having the flu. The flu virus is particularly hard on pregnant women and their unborn babies, which is why I particularly recommend it to my pregnant patients.

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sulandherb joshisgems February 12 2014 at 2:02 PM

do you wait until the 2nd trimester as her doctor had told her to, or anytime?

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valgaavmiko joshisgems February 12 2014 at 10:12 PM

Love how people are down-voting you because all of them went to medical school, am I right? /sarcasm

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ggblank1603 paddleman1928 February 12 2014 at 2:00 PM

Was very clear to me

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jdavis7367 February 12 2014 at 4:19 PM

Go to the facebook page, she died from Double Pneumonia. "probably caused" by flu. Surely a nasal swab was done to rule out flu??? I feel so sad for this family taking the blame for their loss. It happens no matter whether you are vaccinated or not.. A flu shot does NOT promise you will not gt the flu.

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mads February 12 2014 at 9:23 PM

She said she was waiting until after her 1st trimester. Ok that was 4 weeks before she got sick.

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geminidzignz2 mads February 12 2014 at 9:49 PM

not sure if that's supposed to be funny but it is to me. your comment that is. never been pregnant before. anywho, if she waited 4 weeks before she got sick then something is not right about this picture.

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Namaste February 13 2014 at 1:45 AM

Why get a vaccine at all ? They have been proven to cause the problem they are suppose to stop from having. I have never had a vaccine and never been sick and I am 58. Every person I know who has had a vaccine gets sick. God gave us these beautiful bodies with an immune system that will keep us strong and healthy only if we keep our immune system strong and healthy. If one wishes to put crap into their bodies that brakes down our God given Temple (our body), so be it. I would never do that to our children and they have been very healthy and never sick.

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GARY Namaste February 13 2014 at 2:40 AM

Another person who is misinformed..... I guess children shouldn't get any vaccines either right.

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madlyfem Namaste February 13 2014 at 3:54 AM

The vaccine is made with DEAD viruses. They cannot give you the virus. They are not vampires. If you come down with the flu, you didn't get your shot soon enough, or you got one of the viruses that wasn't covered. Bad luck. Usually chicken soup, water, bed, and sleep (with a waste basket by your bed to throw up into, and a clear passage to the toilet) will do the job. Oh, frozen dinner in the freezer in the winter is always a good idea.

You have the legal right to pray your diseases away, but you don't have the right to pray your children's diseases away. If your child gets sick, and doesn't respond to prayer in a reasonable time, or gets sicker, you MUST bring in a medical doctor to confer, and if she decides that your child needs medical intervention, your child must have that intervention. Most states now have laws to that effect, and if the child dies, because you did not call in a medical doctor or bring your child to an ER, you will go to prison.

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