Rapides Parish teen dies of H1N1 flu complications

Sunday, January 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jan. 19, 2014

Jawanda Wood knew something was wrong with her son.

Tyler “Twig” Wood had never let a cold stop him if there was someplace to go or something to do, but there he was, spending all day in bed, not even moving to respond to the barrage of texts and calls coming to his phone.

He had never missed a meal, but the most food he would take was one or two bites.

A few days later, he was gone.

The infection that killed the 18-year-old from Boyce last week was confirmed through blood tests to be H1N1, the same strain that caused a global health crisis in 2009. H1N1 has an increased likelihood of producing severe disease in children and young adults.

“It has definitely devastated this school and this community to lose a great kid at such a young age,” said Brandon Cedus, who coached and taught Tyler for years. “It’s just left a huge void out here.”

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