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    Florida boy, 11, dies from rare flu complication as states brace for severe flu season
    • Anthony Garcia of Bradenton complained of a headache and fever in November
    • He was later diagnosed with Influenza A but later had trouble breathing and developed fluid in his lungs
    • Two preschool-age children in Virginia were confirmed dead from the flu Tuesday
    • The flu season is shaping up to be particularly severe in states like Indiana, Pennsylvania and Minnesota
    By Pete D'amato for MailOnline
    Published: 05:27 GMT, 24 December 2014 | Updated: 07:08 GMT, 24 December 2014




    An 11-year-old Florida boy described as healthy and athletic passed away Wednesday following a month of being on life support after his heart stopped due to a rare flu complication.
    Officials confirm that Tony Garcia's death is the third confirmed flu-related death in the state during what is shaping up to be a harsh flu season in many states.
    Frances Flores told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that her son hadn't been sick in more than two years and was actively involved in athletics, especially baseball and football.

    Passed away: An 11-year-old Florida boy described as healthy and athletic died Wednesday following a month of being on life support from coming down with a rare flu complication

    Tony's condition, she said, which began with complaints of a headache in November, deteriorated with shocking swiftness.
    The boy developed a fever that weekend and Flores says she gave him a Motrin. After his condition failed to improve, she took him to a pediatrician, who diagnosed him with Influenza A.
    He was sent home to rest and recover, but after a night where he had trouble breathing, Flores drove Tony to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

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    Last edited by sharon sanders; December 24th, 2014, 10:38 AM. Reason: edited picture out
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