A teacher who was totally healthy otherwise is now on life support after being his with two different strains of the flu.
A Texas special education teacher who is physically active and does not have any underlying conditions is close to death after contracting both strains of the flu. Crystal Whitley, 35, contracted both of the influenza strains about a couple weeks ago, which resulted in pneumonia and an MRSA infection.
She is currently at Baylor Scott & White, where she is on life support, although there is hope as she is showing signs of improvement. Whitley came down with both flu strains despite getting a flu shot back in October not longer after giving births.
Doctors are somewhat optimistic that she could recover, but it will be months before she can leave the hospital even if she does. Still, that gives her friends and family an enormous amount of hope.
“[The doctor] said if she recovered from this, she could live a pretty normal life. She wouldn’t be able to run any marathons. But he didn’t know if she would pull through it,” said Christy Lewis, Whitley’s friend, according to a report from WFAA Channel 8, an ABC affiliate.