Father Who Ignored Flu Symptoms Ends Up in ICU; Family Issues Warning

January 8, 2018 Updated: January 8, 2018

A father of four landed in a San Diego ICU after catching the flu and is critically ill, according to reports.

NBC San Diego reported that Shawn Burrough, 48, of El Cajon, got the flu around Christmas.

The U.S. Navy veteran’s wife, Jennifer, said that Burrough got critically sick with complications from the illness. She said that he was diagnosed with Influenza B, a less common form of the flu.

Burrough had problems with his breathing and landed in the Intensive Care Unit at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, the report said.

“He had a full-on episode,” Jennifer said. “He could not breathe at all. They rushed him into a room and rushed me out. They sedated and intubated him, so he could breathe. I never thought in a million years that a flu—something as very simple as a flu—would do this, would cause him to be so sick. And fast! Fast!”

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) told the NBC affiliate on Wednesday this year’s worsening flu season has already caused the deaths of 45 people in San Diego County.

“His symptoms were a cough, body aches, runny nose, congestion, low-grade fever—typical symptoms,” his wife told People. “Things got worse about day five when he said his chest was tightening and he said it was hard for him to get his breath.”

She said that Burrough works two jobs and is the father of four kids. “Other than being a little overweight he’s totally healthy, a totally healthy guy,” said Jennifer.

“He’s in renal failure because of the infection in his blood. He’s getting dialysis,” she added to KTLA.

Friends of the family put up a fundraising page to help pay for expenses.


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