A Massachusetts mother of two who thought she had a simple cold is dead after flu-related complications turned fatal last week.
Jenny Ching, 51, of Needham, was admitted to a local hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 3, when her cold-like symptoms grew worse, The Needham Times reported.
Doctors diagnosed her with influenza.
“She had the flu and she also developed a bacterial infection,” her husband Matt Ching said, according to a WCVB5 report. “It was really severe and caused severe pneumonia.”
Ching died Friday, Jan. 5, just two days after she was admitted to hospital, the Times said.
Ching worked at the New Garden restaurant, a popular Chinese spot in Needham.
“I can’t believe it because she was so healthy,” said Raymond So, the owner of New Garden, according to WCBV5. “She was so happy and driven.”
He expressed his condolences on behalf of restaurant staff in a social media post.
“Jenny always had a smile on her face, and was one of the kindest people to touch so many lives,” the post read. “Please keep Jenny and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Her wake on Wednesday reportedly drew hundreds of people.
Tom Keating, a veteran, posted, “Such an outpouring of support for the Jenny Ching family tonight. The lines of people at the Eaton Funeral Home was literally around the corner. Our VFW Post members each presented a white rose to Jenny’s casket, saluted and then visited with her husband and Dennis and David, her sons.
“She was much loved.”
Michael Raymond posted on the Needham, MA page “Amazing outpour from the community in the freezing cold.
“Waited out in the cold for 45 mins, been inside for another 45 mins and still only halfway thru the line.
“Such a beautiful family.”
“The community has been unbelievable,” Ching’s husband told reporters. “The local school, our friends have just been so supportive. Without them, I don’t know how I would be to help keep the boys going.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Ching’s children and family.
She leaves behind her husband, Matt Ching, and their two young sons.