Back from brink of death
Benefiel, Jiminez, Williams recount hallucinations, struggles to recoup their fitness after bouts with H1N1.
By Kevin Huelsmann, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
July 21, 2010
Diane Benefiel doesn’t remember being admitted to St. John’s Medical Center.
Or being taken to the emergency room.
She can’t recall what it felt like when her lungs filled with fluid or what it was like being flown to Salt Lake City.
“The last thing I remember was the shadow of Dr. Meno standing over me,” she said recently at her home in Wilson, referring to Dr. Mike Menolascino.
She woke up in the intensive care unit at Intermountain Medical Center, immobile, a tube down her throat and unable to eat, drink or even talk to her husband. Doctors and nurses were bustling in and out of her room, trying to keep the severe case of pneumonia that had taken hold of her under control. It was the result of contracting the H1N1, or swine flu, virus.