|Elmwood graduate reportedly dies from swine flu|
|Written by By JAN LARSON Sentinel County Editor|
|Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:39|
An Elmwood graduate has reportedly died from complications of the swine flu.
Kimberly Young, who was to turn 23 this weekend, died early this morning at a Cincinnati area hospital. She was the daughter of Bryan and Cathy Young of Wayne.
The death has left her grandmother, Maxine Miller, of Bowling Green, heartbroken.
"I always thought she was precious," Miller said this morning of the granddaughter who went by "Kimi."
Though the Ohio Department of Health has no confirmation that Young had swine flu, Miller said the family had been told that Kim had the disease, also called H1N1 flu.
"It was very fast," Miller said. "She said she wasn't feeling well," and went to an Oxford area hospital last week, where she was treated and released.
She then called her parents to tell them she felt even worse. She reportedly returned to the hospital and was taken by air ambulance to the Cincinnati hospital.
"The big problem was the viral pneumonia. Then her kidneys shut down," Miller said. She died at 3 this morning. "They took her off the life support."
Young had graduated from Elmwood High School, with honors - "bless her heart," her grandma said.
She then went to Miami University where she graduated last December with a double major of international studies and art, and a double minor of French and Spanish. Since then she stayed in Oxford, working a couple different jobs, Miller said.
Young's ultimate goal was to help others.
"She wanted to work with mothers and children of the Third World," her grandmother said, breaking down. "We'll never know what she would have actually done. We'll never know about Kimi."
Though other Wood County residents have been diagnosed with the H1N1 flu, none have died. The flu mimics the symptoms of the seasonal flu.
"The only difference is H1N1 is targeting younger people," said Pat Snyder, public information officer with the Wood County Health Department.
Since the treatment is the same for either flu, many people are not being tested specifically for the swine flu. And so far in the U.S. the seasonal flu is much more deadly, killing approximately 36,000 a year.
The vaccine for swine flu is not yet available.
"Right now prevention is our best and only defense," Snyder said.
Those defenses are:
¥ Thorough handwashing.
¥ Cover coughs and sneezes.
¥ Stay home if sick.
¥ Stay away from sick people.
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