Texas Teacher Fighting 2 Strains of Flu

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, a nurse administers an I.V. push of antibiotics to patient Alice McDonald at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. A nasty flu season is hitting U.S. hospitals already scrambling to maintain patient care amid severe shortages of crucial sterile fluids, particularly saline solution needed to administer I.V. medicines and rehydrate patients. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

by Elizabeth Ruiz

A North Texas teacher is on life support after contracting two strains of the flu.

Family members say 35-year-old Crystal Whitley got a flu shot in October after giving birth to a son. She had no underlying health issues, but was admitted to a Dallas hospital last month after being hit with two strains of influenza at the same time. Then she got pneumonia and MRSA, an infection that’s resistant to many types of antibiotics. The special education teacher from Mullin also is being treated for sepsis.

Whitley’s mother told WFAA-TV that her daughter remains on life support, but is making some progress. She’s removed from the ventilator for a while during the day.

“I told her she was going to be okay and we told her she couldn’t give up and she had to keep fighting. She just kinda gave us that Crystal look like ‘what do you think I’m doing,'” Mary O’Connor told WFAA TV.


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