Portland family says H1N1 virus killed their sister

Friday, January 3, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Andrew Padula
Jan 02, 2014

This flu season is turning deadly and one family says their loved one died from the H1N1 virus.

The Lincoln family says their loved one was admitted to Adventist Medical Center with the flu in mid-December and four days later, they say, she died.

“She was my baby sister,” said Daryl Lincoln.

Daryl Lincoln has a lot of good memories of his sister Vernitta Lincoln, who was only 53 when she died.

“Vernitta was real down to earth and everybody liked her. She had no enemys,” said Daryl Lincoln.

On Dec. 19, Vernitta ended up in the hospital because of the H1N1 virus.

Daryl said Vernitta had been taking over-the-counter medications for almost two weeks but they didn’t seem to work.

One night Vernitta passed out and never regained consciousness, Daryl said.

“The doctors were saying that both lungs had pneumonia in them and that she somehow had contracted the H1N1 virus,” said Daryl.

Vernitta eventually died in the hospital.

Her family says she had other health issues in the past, like chronic asthma and a heart attack several years ago, but her family blames H1N1 for starting her most recent problems.

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