Man, 23, who died of flu in was only diagnosed with the virus AFTER he was put in an induced coma, say family

Monday, January 13, 2014
By Paul Martin

Matthew Walker, 23, fell ill on December 22
He was admitted to hospital on December 26 when he was diagnosed with pneumonia in his left lung
On December 27, he was placed in an induced coma and doctors realized he had H1N1
It was too late to help Walker and he died on January 8
His family say that doctors could have treated Walker if he had been correctly diagnosed earlier

13 January 2014

The family of a 23-year-old Santa Rosa man who died after he contracted the H1N1 flu virus says his illness wasn’t accurately diagnosed until it was too late to possibly save his life.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Matthew Walker was admitted to a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Santa Rosa on December 27 after he reported breathing difficulties.

The previous day he was sent home from the hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia.

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