Central Kentucky mother has near-death experience with flu

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NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Family and friends of Christa Mitchell describe her as a healthy 30-year-old mom.

"She is always positive, optimistic about life," says Christa's cousin, Daniel Drury.

On Friday, December 28th, Christa had not been feeling well and decided to go to the doctor.

"She tested positive for the flu and they did an X-ray that day and there were no signs of any pneumonia at that point," said Susan Beasley, Christa's mother.

By Saturday, Christa was in a Louisville hospital, fighting for her life.

Christa's mother says she had developed pneumonia, was put on a ventilator and went into septic shock.

"She could lose tips of her fingers and toes, she could lose toes or she could lose fingers or worse, but you know that is something you never think about when you hear the diagnosis of the flu either," said Beasley.

Hospitals in Lexington have seen an increase of people coming in with the flu.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, there have been 304 confirmed lab cases, but that number does not include the people who have had the flu, and didn't go see a doctor.

"It can impact everybody. I mean I have personally seen and admitted patients who were middle-aged, who were otherwise healthy, that had enough complications and enough symptoms potential risks to be admitted to the hospital," said Baptist Health emergency physician Dr. Ryan Stanton.

Dr. Stanton says even though the flu shot is not 100 percent effective, getting the vaccine does lower the risk of other infections pairing with the flu.

Family and friends hope Christa's story will raise awareness and serve as an reminder.

They have set up a Go Fund Me page and are collecting donations at Commonwealth Credit Union in Lawrenceburg for Christa's medical expenses.

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