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A young father dies after contracting the flu

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Father dies from the flu (Photo: Woodbury Funeral Home/GoFundMe)
  • Twenty-seven-year-old father dies from the flu.
  • Quenten Thomas had three children.
  • Experts urge people to take precautions.

In Maryville, Tennessee a community is in shock after the tragic death of Quenten Thomas, a 27-year-old father with three young children.

In early January, Thomas succumbed to complications from the flu, leaving an unfathomable void in his family.

«It hurt really bad when he coughed, and he was having trouble catching (his) breath,» his father, Robert Thomas, told NBC News, describing the harrowing moments leading up to the tragedy.

Quenten, aware that something was wrong, was using a finger monitor to track his blood oxygen levels.

Father dies from the flu

Young father dies from flu, Quenten Thomas, USA, Tennessee, Maryville
PHOTO: GoFundMe

Alarmed after his oxygen levels began dropping, he decided to go to the hospital, but their initial response was to send him home with recommendations for rest, food and water.

However, his symptoms persisted and, worried, Quenten returned to the hospital.

This time, doctors took the situation more seriously, putting him on a ventilator in an induced coma.

Tragically, on January 6, 2024, Quenten Thomas lost his battle with the disease, leaving behind an 8-year-old daughter, as well as an 11-month-old girl and a 1-month-old boy.

A terrible tragedy

Young father dies from flu, Quenten Thomas, USA, Tennessee, Maryville
PHOTO: Shutterstock

«It’s unbelievable,» said Robert Thomas, visibly affected and highlighting that his son was a «healthy, hard-working young man» and «there was no quit in him.»

The community is united in grief at the loss of a young and promising life.

As Maryville mourns Quenten Thomas, the country faces a relentless flu season.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 9,400 deaths, 150,000 hospitalizations and 14 million flu cases so far.

A relentless flu season

United States, Tennessee, Maryville, Masks, Illness
PHOTO: Shutterstock

In the first week of January, 13 children lost their lives from flu-related complications, bringing the total pediatric deaths to 40 for the season.

Although data from January 12 suggests a possible decline in flu activity, the CDC warns there could be a resurgence.

An agency spokesperson told NBC News that the spread of the flu comes on top of the continued presence of other respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus.

This year, some doctors have noticed more severe flu symptoms in young people, even those who have been vaccinated.

The importance of prevention

United States, Tennessee, Maryville, Masks, Illness
PHOTO: Shutterstock

Dr. Dhaval Desai, director of Hospital Medicine at Emory Saint Joseph Hospital in Atlanta, revealed that he has treated people of various ages with severe flu symptoms.

He highlighted that the main symptoms of the flu are dehydration, wheezing, headaches and persistent fevers, according to NBCNews.

Experts such as Dr. Rachael Lee, associate professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama, urges people to take precautions.

In addition to getting vaccinated against the flu, the importance of wearing masks is emphasized, especially in a context where multiple respiratory diseases coexist.

Reflections after Quenten Thomas’ death

Influenza, Quenten Thomas, USA, Tennessee, Maryville
PHOTO: Woodbury Funeral Home

Quenten Thomas’ tragic death resonates like an inescapable echo that reverberates beyond the borders of Maryville as his family asks for support through a GoFundMe campaign.

His premature death has not only left an unfathomable void in his family, but has also raised alarm bells about the threat posed by the flu.

Preventive measures become a crucial shield, and vaccination is an indispensable tool to combat the spread of flu.

The disease has left a trail of more than 9,400 deaths and 150,000 hospitalizations so far this season.

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