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  • Daughter of NC pediatrician, 22, died from H1N1

    WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A 22-year old woman from Wilmington has died from the H1N1 virus.

    Allyson Blackstone, the daughter of Wilmington pediatrician Dr. Tom Blackstone, passed away on Sunday.

    Dr. Blackstone and his wife are now on a mission to get young people vaccinated against the virus.

    Funeral Services for Allyson Blackstone will be held this Thursday, December 3rd.

    She is the third confirmed death in the area from the so-called "swine flu".

    In October, a pregnant woman from Brunswick County died from the virus. She was 25 years old. Also in October, a 53-year old man from Wilmington died from the H1N1 flu.

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    Re: Daughter of NC pediatrician, 22, died from H1N1




    Allison Kay Blackstone Sewell, 22, of Wilmington, NC, passed away Monday, November 30, 2009, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, after ten days of struggling with complications associated with the H1N1 flu.

    She was born in Columbus, Ohio, on December 15, 1986, the daughter of Thomas Lee and Marilyn Newell Blackstone of Wilmington, NC.

    Allison was a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School, attended Cape Fear Community College, and was currently attending Miller Motte College, where she was on the President's List for academics while pursing a career in medical care. She attended Port City Community Church.

    She enjoyed being at the beach, singing, cooking and taking her daughter Kaylee to the park. She was very family oriented, and her world especially revolved around her husband and her daughter.

    In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Charles B. Sewell; her daughter, Kaylee Grace Sewell; two sisters, Amity Blackstone Bertsch and husband Tim of West Chester, OH, and Ericka Leeann Morgan and husband Jesse of Monroe, NC; two brothers, Thomas Hutchinson "Hutch" Blackstone and wife Lisa of Mansfield, OH, and Ryan Blackstone of Wilmington, NC; maternal grandmother, Joan Romanchuk of Mansfield, OH; paternal grandmother, Ellen Lucille Blackstone of Rockford, IL; several nieces and nephews, Thomas Wyatt Morgan, Lance Scott Sewell, Thomas Hutchinson Blackstone, Jr., Chase Griffin Blackstone, and James Benjamin Bertsch; and a very loving large extended family.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, December 3, 2009, at Port City Community Church by Pastor Mike Ashcraft. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

    The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.

    Friends and family may have the opportunity to receive the H1N1 flu vaccination before and following the funeral service on Thursday. If you are able to receive the vaccination, please take it in memory of Allison.

    In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Kaylee Sewell Fund, c/o of RBC Centura Bank, 2015 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, Attn: Branch Manager.

    Condolences may be sent to the family at

    A Valley Chapel Service

    Online condolences at
    Published in Wilmington Star-News on December 2, 2009


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      Re: Daughter of NC pediatrician, 22, died from H1N1

      Family to offer H1N1 vaccine at woman's funeral

      <!-- /Headline --><!-- Author Byline -->By: News 14 Carolina Web Staff 12/02/2009

      WILMINGTON -- Funeral services for a New Hanover County woman who appears to have died from H1N1 flu complications will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

      Allison Sewell, 22, died Monday at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center after struggling with H1N1 for 10 days. She leaves behind a husband and young daughter.

      The viewing is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at Port City Community Church.

      The family plans to offer H1N1 flu vaccinations both before and after the service. They encourage anyone who has not received the vaccination to take it in Sewell's memory.

      The New Hanover County health director says the department is still waiting for lab results to confirm she died of H1N1.

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      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela


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        Re: Daughter of NC pediatrician, 22, died from H1N1

        With a pediatrician for a father and an intensive care nurse for a mother, it was no surprise Allison Kay Blackstone Sewell wanted to work in medicine, her father said Wednesday.
        ?She began to catch the vision,? Thomas Blackstone said about Sewell, who had attended Miller-Motte College to pursue a nursing career.
        ?She had worked at the rehab center and really enjoyed helping people.?

        Sewell, a 22-year-old wife and mother from Wilmington, died this week from what is suspected to be complications from the H1N1 virus.

        She died Monday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, days after suddenly getting sick and being put on a ventilator at the hospital?s intensive care unit.

        Tests at the hospital showed she had influenza A, Blackstone said.

        New Hanover County Health Department officials said a test is pending at the state public health lab to subtype the sample and to confirm if the flu strain was the H1N1 virus.

        Blackstone, a pediatrician at Cape Fear Pediatrics, has been well aware of the virus since it began circulating in the spring, seeing the impact it?s had on sick patients.

        He said he had an H1N1 vaccine available for Sewell, who because of her age and the fact she was asthmatic was considered to be in a high-risk group and eligible for the shot.

        ?She had been too sick to get her vaccine,? Blackstone said. ?I had one for her, but she was ill.?

        Suffering from side pains, Sewell had an outpatient gallbladder surgery two weeks ago, her father said.
        She started showing signs of serious flu-like symptoms.
        ?Within 48 hours, she was coughing up blood,? Blackstone said.
        His daughter?s death was a shock for the family.
        ?That?s our baby,? he said about Sewell, the youngest of five children.
        He described his daughter as a straight-A student at the college and devoted mother of a 2-year-old girl.
        ?This was probably the happiest she?s ever been,? he said. ?She was vivacious and full of life, never a loss for ideas or words.?

        Family members had planned to make H1N1 vaccines available to those attending Sewell?s memorial service Thursday to raise awareness for the shots, but they have changed their mind.
        Blackstone said it would be logistically impossible to do at the church and they did not want to bump ahead of area residents who are on lengthy waiting lists for the vaccine.
        Instead, Blackstone said he hopes an upcoming vaccine clinic will be organized in Sewell?s honor.

        He said he recognized some people still are hesitant about receiving the inoculation.

        ?Some people are afraid of vaccines,? he said. ?When you consider that it prevents this, what?s the choice??
        Nearly 70 people have died and more than 700 people have been hospitalized in North Carolina this year from flu-like illnesses, predominately the H1N1 virus, according to statistics updated Tuesday from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
        At least four other people in Southeastern N.C. have died from complications caused by the virus.

        Vicky Eckenrode: 343-2339
        On @vickyeckenrode


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          Re: Daughter of NC pediatrician, 22, died from H1N1

          Wilmington pediatrician delivers H1N1 vaccine in daughter?s memory

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          By Vicky Eckenrode
          Published: Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 10:45 p.m.

          <!-- /PUBDATE -->Neal Nesbitt did not plan for his two children to get the H1N1 vaccine.

          But that was before this week, when a 22-year-old Wilmington woman died from what is suspected to be complications from the virus.
          Nesbitt attended the funeral for Allison Kay Blackstone Sewell, a wife and mother who died Monday.

          ?She was a sweet girl,? he said Saturday in the waiting room of Cape Fear Pediatrics, where Sewell?s father, Thomas Blackstone, is a pediatrician.

          Blackstone said earlier this week that he had a dose available for Sewell but she had been too sick to take it.

          As the virus circulated this fall, Nesbitt spoke with several pediatricians about the vaccine.

          They all said he should get his two sons inoculated.

          ?I have never been a big fan of going and getting a flu vaccine,? Nesbitt said.

          In the wake of Sewell?s death and seeing how seriously her father was taking the vaccination message, Nesbitt?s family showed up Saturday for a special two-hour vaccination clinic the practice held.

          ?Having the flu is one thing, but I don?t want to take the chance with my kids,? he said.

          About 70 doses were handed out Saturday.

          The vaccines came from New Hanover County Health Department supplies earmarked for the community, said Rajesh Solanki, a pediatrician at the practice.

          The doses were targeted for people in high-risk groups, including children, young adults under 24 and those who care for infants younger than 6 months ? the same priority groups currently receiving vaccines directly from the health department.

          When the vaccination started at 2 p.m., the parking lot outside was half-full and families were lined up.

          ?This is being done in Allison Kay Blackstone Sewell?s memory ? in loving memory of her and her family,? Solanki said, adding that it was a sign of the community coming together in support. ?There have been many people donating their time.?

          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela