January 24, 2019

Latrobe man dies of flu complications

12 January 2018, 12:28 | Randall Craig

Image courtesy of WWLP

Image courtesy of WWLP

Medics have concluded he died after his organ failed because of septic shock caused by influenza. He was running a fever on and off.

For children under 16, there have been a total of 195 pediatric hospitalizations for the flu and fewer than five reported deaths. People who suspect they have the flu should seek medical assistance within 48 hours of when they started feeling ill as the treatment is most effective within this timeframe. Symptoms of the flu, like body aches and congestion or a cough, can sometimes be written off as a bad cold, but the infection actually leads to thousands of deaths each year, according to Centers for Disease Control data.

He continued running a fever, and went to a Westmoreland County emergency room on December 27, before being flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh where he died the next day.

Eighteen Pennsylvanians have died so far of flu-related complications this season, according to the state, which does not identify where the deaths occur.

The family of Kyler Baughman of Latrobe, Pennsylvania told NBC10 affiliate WPXI he was always into physical fitness and was going to school to be a personal trainer.

"I just think he ignored it and thought it'd go away like most people, and I think people need to pay more attention to their bodies", Beverly added.

The family declined to be interviewed by the Trib this week, through Kyler Baughman's fiance' Olivia Marcanio, who also declined comment.

"For young people, think of it in the perspective of college-age kids in a dorm situation, in close contact, with many other people", Dr. Robyn Baron, medical director of Temple University Health System's Readycare division told NBC10.

While the flu season is in full swing, it's not too late to get a flu shot. Stay safer and guided about different aspects of flu.

His condition rapidly deteriorated and after being admitted to hospital he died the next day.

"It doesn't seem real", his mother says.

During this extremely challenging time, Mr. and Mrs. Baughman have made a decision to share their story with the media in hopes of raising awareness.

His dad Todd posted: "We are without words for the passing of our only son Kyler Baughman". "At whatever point you have a fever and you have it various days, don't release it. Get it dealt with".

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