Baby Of Woman With Swine Flu Dies; Mother Critical

WELLINGTON, Fla. -- The baby of a pregnant Florida woman with swine flu has died after hospital officials say doctors tried to deliver the child.

A press release from the Wellington Regional Medical Center says the mother, Aubrey Opdyke, remains in critical condition.

Doctors placed her in a coma to give the 26-week-old baby maximum oxygen as the mother struggled with the virus.

Though the baby was not due for another 14 weeks, the press release said doctors had made the decision to deliver the baby yesterday morning.

No further details were released.

Health officials say more than a dozen people have died in Florida from swine flu complications and more than 2,100 have been sickened since the outbreak emerged.


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  • by Buddy Location: Winterville on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    Why is this not the top story? Is there any website that can confirm how many cases there are in the area?
  • by John Location: Washington on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    I did not know about any of this either. Is what is being said by shannon true?
  • by Shannon Location: G-vegas on Jul 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    Well the Boys and Girls club has a notice on their front door that isn't becomming of the situation. It simply states that if your child isn't feeling well, please keep the home. They are calling it H1N1 but more people would probably recognize Swine Flu and take precautions. I did a search for "10 h1n1 swine flu cases confirmed in Greenville" and did not find any such information in the news. Maybe WITN should call Dr. Morrow and ask him if this a fact. The only way this isn't true is if there are more than 10 after Friday!
  • by WITN on Jul 20, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    We have reported on swine flu in Eastern Carolina (including Pitt County) since the outbreak began. Health officials are not releasing specific locations of the virus. In fact, if you'll read some of the related stories, you'll see we have reported on the fact that state health officials are not reporting cases quickly.
  • by jennifer on Jul 20, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    thank you Shannon for that info, I am glad I decided to read this article. I have a Dr. appt. with my 2 year old in Greenville in September. We live about an hour and a half away. I'm wondering if I should find a dr. somewhere else, this swine flu SCARES me. I guess we could run into it anywhere though, so at least I will use extra precaution when we go there. Thanks for nothing WITN cant believe this wasent reported.
  • by Shannon Location: G-Vegas on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    As of this weekend, there were 10 confirmed cases of the swine flu in Greenville. Where is the News coverage on this? Is anyone aware that cases have been tracked back to the boys and girls club? The best way to reduce the number of people killed by this virus is to inform the public so preventative actions can be taken to reduce exposure. I guess that the Winterville train depot and the bikini car wash qualify as more important news than a deadly epidemic spreading through our neighborhoods. Where is John Morrow and the rest of Pitt County Public Health? This is absolutely unacceptable WITN,Pitt County Public Health, and the rest of the leaders elected to office in Pitt County.
  • by outraged on Jul 19, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    I believe this article goes to show that someeee people in pitt county need to realize that swine flu is still pretty serious.
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