Patient Success Story: South Florida Teen Nearly Dies After Getting the Flu

The 2016-2017 flu season has been an aggressive one. The virus has spread to 40 states, including Florida, and has been associated with 20 pediatric deaths. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 14,000 cases of influenza A have been reported across the country. With the flu reaching such epidemic levels, it’s important to get the flu shot to avoid getting sick.

Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida was featured on the local South Florida ABC affiliate, WPLG Local 10, regarding the unique case of Jenny, a teenage girl who nearly lost her life after getting the flu.

Jenny spent 241 days in the hospital fighting for her life. The effects of the flu were so severe, she suffered multiple organ failures and severe nerve damage. After receiving a kidney transplant just days before Christmas last year, Jenny is now recovering and is on track to graduate with her classmates in May.

See how PCCSF’s Dr. Lavandosky saved Jenny’s life in his interview with Channel 10′s Kristi Krueger, and see how Jenny’s doing today.

Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida featured on Local 10 from Diana Somarriba on Vimeo.

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