Valley mother: My 12-year-old boy died after influenza medical diagnosis

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

A Valley mother informed FOX5 her kid passed away in her arms three days after he was diagnosed with the flu.

“I don’t know exactly what this flu did to him,” mom Brenda Occhipinti stated. “He was perfectly great [December] 28th, the 29th it took over him, and the 30th he died.”

Carlo Occhipinti Jr.’s signs started as an aching throat, then it transitioned into body aches and vomiting, inning accordance with his parents.

Junior, 12, passed away two days prior to his 13th birthday.

“He was so thrilled to reach his teenagers,” Brenda stated.

“He was a great older brother,” father Carlo Occhipinti said. “He constantly aimed to assist, he always made us laugh.” Junior was up to date on all his shots, inning accordance with his mom.

He likewise struggled with Marfan syndrome, a congenital disease that results the body’s connective tissue. Occhipinti said it is possible his condition impacted his opportunities of fighting the flu, however that her child just had an examination with his pediatrician who said he remained in terrific shape.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” Brenda stated.

The coroner’s workplace is still investigating the official cause of death, however the Occhipinti’s want to share their story with Valley moms and dads.

“Trust your gut,” Brenda stated. “If you want to rush your child to the E.R. even for a runny nose, trust your gut.”

“We have actually had an especially bad influenza season in Southern Nevada,” Director of Neighborhood Health at the Nevada Health District Dr. Michael Johnson stated. “We have actually had 14 deaths due to flu this season.”

“The H3N2 infection is the predominant stress,” Johnson said. “It’s somewhat resistant to the vaccine.”

If you would like to keep your family safe from the influenza, the Southern Nevada Health District said get immunized.

You can likewise stop the spread of germs by cleaning your hands and covering your mouth. Likewise, if you are ill, stay home from school and work.

If your fever or signs do not disappear with nonprescription medication, go to your medical professional and request anti-viral medication.

Copyright 2018 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights scheduled. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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