Father, 43, dies only eight days after he has fallen with the flu – while the emotional last post of his heartbroken wife is revealed
- James Day, from Traralgon in Victoria, fought with influenza A for a week
- The father was placed on life support but showed no signs of improvement
- Jennifer, a nurse, made the difficult and courageous decision to say goodbye
A 43-year-old hospital protector died after catching the flu.
James Day, from Traralgon in Victoria, fought a week before influenza A before he & # 39; catastrophic complications & # 39; received.
The father of a young son was placed on life support but showed no signs of improvement.
A week later, his dedicated wife Jennifer, a New Zealand nurse, made the difficult and courageous decision to say goodbye.
James Day (pictured with son Jackson), from Traralgon in Victoria, fought against influenza A for a week before he & # 39; catastrophic complications & # 39; received
Before her husband's death, Ms. Day made a heartbreaking post on Facebook and thanked friends for their support.
On June 16, she wrote: & # 39; James has been fighting Influenza for the last eight days.
& # 39; Unfortunately it hit him and his body quite well and he was admitted to the Alfred ICU last night. He is very sick.
& # 39; Yesterday a specialized retrieval team from the Alfred Hospital was sent to place James on a machine that offers cardiac and respiratory support (ecmo).
& # 39; He has been intubated and they support his heart. He is critical and we have no timetable for him.
& # 39; Please send your thoughts like this, he desperately needs it now. & # 39;
His life support was switched off on Sunday 23 June.
Before her husband's death, Ms. Day made a heartbreaking post on Facebook and thanked friends for their support. The couple is pictured on their wedding day
A friend has set up GoFundMe page to raise money for Mrs. Day and the son of the Jackson couple.
The friend, nurse Jenna Hooper, writes: & James had suffered multiple catastrophic complications as a result of his flu diagnosis.
& # 39; That would have seen that he had no quality of life that would have been acceptable to him. & # 39;
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Human Services said: & # 39; Our sympathy lies with the family, friends and colleagues & # 39; s of the deceased. & # 39;
& # 39; Unfortunately, influenza can affect anyone in the community, even normally healthy people with no underlying health problems. & # 39;
& # 39; It can affect anyone & # 39 ;: what is Influenza A?
Influenza A is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is very different from the common cold, which is less severe.
It is caused by infection with a virus.
There are three types of influenza virus: A, B and C. Influenza A is more severe than B and C. It is the only type that is known to cause widespread outbreaks.
The influenza virus is always changing and evolving. In Australia a new species comes out every winter.
Fever and chills
Headache and muscle pain
Feeling tired and weak
Sneezing and stuffy or runny nose
Sore throat and cough
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