7-year-old California boy dies of flu-related condition

A 7-year-old California boy recently passed away from a flu-related condition and now his mother is sharing his story in efforts to warn other parents about the deadly illness.

Juanita Vidana said her son, Cisco Galvez, first started experiencing breathing problems on New Year's Eve, so she took him to an emergency room in San Bernardino.

And they weren't alone.

"It was full of people coughing and sneezing - everybody was there for the flu basically," Vidana told ABC13. "It happened so fast, in days, in a matter of days. I never expected it. He was very healthy."

RELATED: Various bacteria, diseases, infections

12 PHOTOS
Various bacteria, diseases, infections
See Gallery
Various bacteria, diseases, infections

Lactobacillus

(Photo by Sebastian Kaulitzki via Getty Images)

E.coli bacteria

(Photo by Ian Cuming via Getty Images)

S. pyrogens, a nonmotile, pathogenic bacteria. Commonly associated with septic sore throat infections (known as 'strep throat') & scarlet fever.

(Photo by S. Lowry/Univ Ulster via Getty Images)

Influenza virus particle surrounded by some floating red blood cells

(Photo by Ralf Hiemisch via Getty Images)

Cyanobacteria

(Photo by Ed Reschke via Getty Images)

Microscopic Image of Escherichia Coli

(Photo by Duncan Smith via Getty Images)

MRSA Staphylococcus aureus Bacteria outside a white blood cell

(Photo by Science Stills via Getty Images)

Microscopic Image of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae

(Photo by Duncan Smith via Getty Images)

Neisseria gonorrhoeae

(Photo by G W Willis via Getty Images)

Microscopic Image of Clostridium Tetani

(Photo by Duncan Smith via Getty Images)

Cyanobacteria in stream

(Photo by Mint Images, Frans Lanting via Getty Images)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Vidana said doctors initially attributed Cisco's breathing problems to his asthma condition and released him shortly after treating him for such. 

But Vidana said her son's condition worsened on Wednesday. So she took Cisco back to the E.R. after he began to experience extreme fatigue, severe stomach pains, and a fever.

"He said, 'Mom, I just want to go home and sleep on the couch. I want to lay and stretch my legs. I love you.' I told him I loved him and that I would bring him home as soon as they gave him the medicine and he was better," Vidana told the local station.

SEE ALSO: Woman dies from flesh-eating bacteria after consuming raw oysters

But Vidana said her son's health never improved.

"They were going to send him to the ICU in Loma Linda and he didn't make it," Vidana said.

Dr. Adrian Cotton at Loma Linda University Health told the outlet Vidana's son had developed a dangerous heart condition known as myocarditis, which often results from the flu.

"It's a very well-known complication of influenza. Again, it doesn't happen very often, but when it happens it's very bad," Cotton said.

RELATED: Deadliest contagious, infectious diseases

8 PHOTOS
The deadliest infectious diseases in modern history
See Gallery
The deadliest infectious diseases in modern history

HIV/AIDS: as of 2012, roughly 36 million deaths worldwide since discovery; 1.3 million deaths in 2013 alone

(Photo: HIV-infected T-cells under high magnification, via Getty Images)

Tuberculosis: caused between 1.3 and 1.5 million deaths in 2013

(Photo: Tuberculosis, via Science Photo Library/Getty Images)

Malaria: up to 855,000 deaths in 2013

(Photo: Malarial Parasite inside Red Blood Cell, via Getty Images)

Pneumonia: results in approx. 4 million deaths per year

(Photo: Microphotograph of diplococcus, bacterium responsible for pneumonia, via Getty Images)

Creuztfeldt-Jakob Disease: 100% fatal

(Photo: Creuztfeldt-Jakob Disease, via Getty Images)

Middle East respiratory syndrome: 41% fatal

(Photo: Getty Images)

Rabies: up to 100% fatal if left untreated

(Photo: Brain of a rabies patient showing negri bodies in the cerebellum, via Getty Images)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

He also said that the current flu season is the worst he's seen in the past 15 to 20 years, adding that the virus is now widespread in nearly every state in the country.

"Most people think of the flu as a cold, you know, 'I'm going to get over it.' Hopefully, people get over it but not everybody does," Cotton said.

Cisco's family has since created a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral costs.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.