A 4-year-old Texas girl with a 103-degree fever died suddenly from complications from pneumonia and the flu.
Ashanti Grinich of the Dallas suburb of Garland was taken to the emergency room on Jan. 27 for coldlike symptoms. When her fever broke, doctors sent the little girl home. But four days later, Ashanti was in the emergency room with a pneumonia diagnosis.
She also was suffering a serious lung infection often caused by influenza, and died later that day.
“She wasn’t even running fever at this time, we just knew she was very sluggish and she wasn’t eating,” Ashanti’s father, Martell Grinich, told TV station KTVT. “When I think about my baby, that tears me down, man. That’s what I was living for.”
It was the first pediatric flu-related Dallas County fatality for the 2018-19 season and seventh overall, reported the Dallas County Health and Human Services.
“We cannot predict the intensity, severity or duration of the flu season from year to year, said Dallas County Health & Human Services Health Authority/Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins. “The best way to protect yourself and others is to get your seasonal flu shot.”
Perkins urged people who hadn’t gotten a shot yet to get one immediately.