5-month-old dies of flu 2 weeks before H1N1 vaccine qualification

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Devon Dolan
February 12th, 2014

CLINTON — At only 5 months of age, Violet Villalobos died from flu-related complications in January. She was two weeks away from being old enough to receive the H1N1 vaccine.

Violet was described by her parents as a happy baby with the chubbiest legs you have ever seen.

“(Her) legs were so chubby, it was hard to put a diaper on,” said Richard Villalobos, her father.

She had always been healthy until contracting the flu.

“That’s the weird thing. It didn’t present itself like the typical influenza,” said Michelle Villalobos, her mother.

Michelle Villalobos said Violet developed a tiny cough. The cough continued for the next two days. She never had a fever. But by the third day, Michelle took Violet to the emergency room at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.

“She just started breathing not like a baby or anybody I have ever seen breathe,” Michelle Villalobos said.

Doctors diagnosed Violet with H1N1. Violet’s heart rate quickly became unstable.

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