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Florida mother: Daughter hid under tables during Paris attacks

Published: Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 7:49 PM
Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 7:49 PM

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When Jennifer Tilton contacted her family to let them know she was OK after hiding under a restaurant table during the Paris attacks Friday night, her mother thought of a similar situation just years before.

On April 15, 2013, Natalie Glover’s daughter, an MIT student at that time, was just two blocks away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off.

“It’s just a feeling if helplessness,” Glover said about learning of the news in Paris. “She’s still very young, so I worry about her wherever she is.”

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Glover said she first heard about the attacks in Paris from her sister. Tilton, 20, sent text messages Friday telling family she made it back to where she was staying, but didn’t go into details about what she saw in the city as she hid underneath a table during the attacks.

Tilton, who was the valedictorian at Suncoast High School in 2011 and went on to graduate from MIT in 2014, has been in Paris since Monday for work as a software engineer with Airbnb, Glover said.

She said her daughter was scheduled to go home to San Francisco on Monday, but is unsure with the current security situation whether her daughter will remain in Paris.

“Thank goodness she’s OK, but there are a lot of other people who can’t say that today,” Glover said.

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CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:17 PM

The Reason the Flu Shot Didn’t Work Half the Time During Last Year’s Flu Season

Three days after a false report of a missile attack on Hawaii seemed the perfect time to help the public for a nuclear disaster. But instead, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the top of Tuesday’s discussion to the flu epidemic

The CDC did not immediately respond to questions surrounding the topic change for the public health discussion, which had been planned for several weeks. 

RELATED: CDC prepares for nuclear attack

The CDC says the previous event, titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” will be held at a future date. The session will focus on local, state and federal preparations in the event of a nuclear attack. 

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“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the CDC said before the event was changed. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.”

Teen recovering after strep throat left her on life support, family says

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:49 PM



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A teenager who was diagnosed last month with strep throat is recovering after family members said the bacteria behind the illness got into the girl’s bloodstream, causing septic shock.

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Jennifer Phillips, the mother of 16-year-old Alexis Patton, told WAND that her daughter started to feel sick on Dec. 21.

“I took her (to the hospital) that next day, Friday, and then by Monday evening, she was intubated on life support,” Phillips said.

She told the news station that doctors determined that the bacteria that causes strep throat, streptococcus, got into Alexis’s bloodstream and settled in her legs. In a GoFundMe account started to help support the family through Alexis’s illness, family friends said Alexis went into septic shock because of the bacteria and had to be put on a ventilator.

“It’s been really hard — the traveling back and forth, the sleepless nights at the hospital over and over. It’s been really rough,” Phillips told WAND last week. “She’s going to have to have a lot of surgeries, a lot of skin grafts and (she will have to) learn how to walk again.”

Family members said on a Facebook page dedicated to updating people on Alexis’s condition that the 16-year-old underwent multiple surgeries. Doctors told her family on Friday that her infection was resolved just over three weeks after she was first hospitalized.

Ok, Update on Alexis, I am sorry I have not really kept u guys in the loop I am sorry, I have been tending to her needs...

Posted by Prayers For Alexis on Friday, January 12, 2018

Family members on Sunday posted a video of Alexis as she continued her recovery.

This is my baby girl, I love her sooooo much.

Posted by Prayers For Alexis on Sunday, January 14, 2018

Phillips warned parents to take their children in to the doctor’s office as soon as they feel ill in light of her daughter’s illness.

“Don’t wait to take your kids in,” she told WAND. “Even if they just have common cold/flu symptoms, make sure they’re getting checked.”

5 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads, health officials say

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 6:09 PM

Ohio has reported the third flu-related infant death this season.

The flu in Georgia is spreading quickly, with hospitals reporting an increase of flu-related cases in recent weeks. 

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More than 300 people have been hospitalized and five people have died from flu-related illnesses since the Georgia Department of Public Health began its 2017-2018 flu surveillance in the first week of October, according to department officials. The five people who died were all elderly and at least three had underlying medical conditions, DPH Director of Communications Nancy Nydam said. 

Last year there were nine flu-related deaths, the previous year there were seven and three years ago there were 28, according to Nydam.

The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is the H3N2 form of influenza A, a Friday press release said. DPH Commissioner Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal advised that it is not too late to get a flu shot.

“Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine -- not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications,” O’Neal said in a statement. 

Grady Health System’s emergency department visits are up seven to 10 percent because of recent flu or flu-like illnesses, a spokeswoman said. Visitor restrictions, which the CDC has recommended as a prevention strategy, have not yet been implemented.

Beth Hardy, spokeswoman at Gwinnett Medical Center, said they have an adequate supply of medicine to fight the flu, but they also have suppliers on standby should they need to refill in a hurry.

Hardy said the staff is asking anyone with flu symptoms to not visit the hospital “for the safety of our patients.”

More than 300 people have been hospitalized and five people have died from flu-related illnesses since the Georgia Department of Public Health began its 2017-2018 flu surveillance in the first week of October, according to department officials. (Photo: WSBTV.com)

WellStar hospitals are not restricting visitations because of the flu, spokesman Tyler Pearson said.

He said they've seen a 10 percent increase in flu-like symptoms this week compared to last week throughout the hospital system's 11 Georgia facilities.

“We have seen an uptick in patients, specifically pediatric patients,” he said.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said there has been an increase in flu cases in children this season. Confirmed child flu cases at CHOA hospitals have more than doubled over the past few weeks from an average of 12 percent to 28 percent. 

The increase could possibly be explained by fewer children getting flu vaccinations. 

“A number of those children have been admitted to the hospital, where they’ve required hospitalization for assistance with breathing,” Dr. Andi Shane told the station. “Also, one of the other problems that’s associated with flu infections is hydration and difficulty taking in fluids."

CHOA is currently under visitor restrictions to protect patients from the cold and flu season, a spokeswoman said. 

If a child shows severe symptoms, they should be taken to a pediatrician and then the emergency room if necessary, doctors say. 

Flu kills Massachusetts mother of 2 as outbreak affects majority of U.S.

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 4:13 PM

Massachusetts Mother Of 2 Dies From Flu, Outbreak Affects Majority Of U.S.

A well-known Massachusetts mother of two who thought she had a simple cold is dead after a bout of the flu turned fatal last week.

Jenny Ching, 51, of Needham, went to a hospital when her symptoms grew worse, The Needham Times reported. Doctors there diagnosed the flu.

The flu quickly turned to pneumonia, and she developed a severe bacterial infection. Ching died Friday, two days after being admitted to the hospital, the Times said. 

She leaves behind her husband, Matt Ching, and their two young sons. 

Ching was a beloved hostess at a Needham Chinese restaurant, and the restaurant’s patrons were among the mourners at her memorial service Wednesday. 

“Such an outpouring of support for the Jenny Ching family tonight,” Tom Keating posted to Facebook on Wednesday night. “The lines of people at the Eaton Funeral Home (were) literally around the corner.”

The owner of Ray’s New Garden, the Chinese restaurant where Ching worked for 28 years, also mourned her death on the establishment’s Facebook page

“Jenny always had a smile on her face and was one of the kindest people to touch so many lives,” the post read. “Please keep Jenny and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

A GoFundMe page established to help her family with expenses described Ching as a beautiful woman with a huge heart.

“She would do anything for anyone,” the page read. “If she wasn’t greeting you with a big smile at the New Garden restaurant where she worked, she was stopping you on the street to find out how you’re doing. She was a wonderful mom, and will be truly missed by everyone who knew her.”

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Ching’s obituary read that she would be remembered for her smile, her kindness and her devotion to her family.

“Most importantly, Jenny will be remembered for her boundless love for her two sons, David and Dennis, of whom she was so proud,” the obituary read

Her family asked that, instead of flowers, mourners contribute to an education fund for Ching’s sons. 

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the current flu season is a dangerous one, spreading quickly across the country. Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan told ABC News on Wednesday that the season, which began earlier than usual this year, is reaching near-epidemic levels.

Part of the problem is that this year’s most prevalent flu strain is H3N2, or Influenza A. That strain is particularly severe and harder to contain than other strains of the virus. 

“Whenever (H3N2) shows up, it causes lots of disease, lots of hospitalizations, lots of cases and lots of deaths,” Jernigan told ABC News

This year’s flu strain has been particularly hard on younger patients. 

Kyler Baughman, 21, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 28 of complications of the flu. The bodybuilder succumbed to organ failure brought on by flu-related septic shock, his family said.

In Ohio, Jonah Rieben, 4, died Saturday of complications of the flu. An 18-month-old boy from the Toledo area also died of the flu Monday.