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Monday 20 August 2018

Virus killed young mum days after she gave birth

A NEW mum has died from swine flu just two weeks after giving birth.

Sarah Applin gave birth to son William by Caesarean section when she was 29 weeks pregnant.

The 32-year-old English woman died from pneumonia, but was being treated for the virus which she had developed while pregnant.

She had not been vaccinated against flu. William was her second child.

Complications

Now her husband Richard and her parents, Jane and Barry Waterman, have urged pregnant women and other vulnerable people to be vaccinated against the illness.

They said: "We would like to strongly urge any person on the at-risk register, especially pregnant women, to have the flu vaccination."

Her husband said they had discussed the flu injection but had done nothing about it. Sarah's son was said to be "doing well" in a special baby care unit in hospital.

Sarah died on Tuesday at the West Suffolk Hospital in bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She also has a four-year-old daughter.

Her parents said that "our daughter sadly died of complications with pneumonia following treatment for swine flu."

Her death comes just weeks after Sarah Howard, from Manchester, died from swine flu two weeks after giving birth.

Ms Howard (20) was suffering flu-like symptoms when she went into labour at North Manchester General Hospital on December 5.

She suffered multiple organ failure about 24 hours after giving birth to her son Harry and died on December 18.

People in at-risk groups, including pregnant women, have been urged to get a flu jab as the death toll rises there.

A teenage actress, from Liverpool, who had won a SKY TV talent competition, died of the flu last Sunday.

Gorgeous

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett was part of the team that won Grease: The School Musical contest in 2009.

Tributes to the gifted young woman were posted on her Facebook page.

"She was drop dead gorgeous, she had friends, a family and a boyfriend who all love her very much," a shocked friend wrote.

"She was smart and extremely talented at singing, acting, dancing and creative writing. She was a brilliant friend.

"She'll be 17 forever now. She'll never grow old or get grey hairs or wrinkles. She'll always be beautiful."

A renowned animal trainer who worked on the Harry Potter films has also died from the disease.

Caroline Lois Benoist (26), originally from Guernsey but based in England, was sent home from work feeling unwell shortly before Christmas.

And a 41-year-old Gulf War veteran, Andy Martin, also died of swine flu five days after he admitted himself to a hospital in Warwickshire.

He is survived by his wife, Carol and two teenage daughters.

His wife said: "He felt a bit under the weather a couple of weeks ago and got some medication from the GP."

But he began to feel worse and on Tuesday walked into the hospital and was admitted. He was put into an induced coma.

The outbreak at the hospital where he died is causing such alarm that doctors and nurses must wear face masks when examining patients.

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