Teenager dies after catching flu virus

From BBC - January 12, 2018

An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital after catching the flu virus.

Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, had been suffering from the virus at home before it developed into pneumonia.

She was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness where she died last Friday.

Her mother Heather Teale paid tribute to her "beautiful girl", describing her as "the best daughter I could have ever wished for".

Details of the teenager's death emerged as official figures confirmed the number of flu cases in Scotland has doubled in the last week.

Eight of the 53 people treated in intensive care units in Scotland in the past fortnight have died, although officials stressed they may have had underlying health issues and the mortality rate was relatively low.

Hospitals in England have also been seeing very high rates of patients with flu, with a sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week - up 78% on the week before.

In Wales, a large rise in flu cases has prompted advice to stay away from some hospitals.

'Best possible treatment'

In a Facebook post, Bethany's mother said: "My beautiful daughter Bethany Walker was taken from me yesterday.

"She had been suffering from a flu virus, which became pneumonia, she was airlifted to Raigmore with me by her side yesterday morning, where she rapidly deteriorated, the staff in intensive care could not have done more, she was given the best possible treatment from a team of 8 people for over two hours, they tried everything possible but sadly despite their best efforts she did not make it.

"I am broken, the bottom has fallen out of my world. I have my mum with me, and my wonderful son Danny Walker who are both feeling the same loss as I am. Life will never be the same again.

"Bethany, I love you to the moon and back, I always have and I always will, you were the best daughter I could have ever wished for and I will always be the proudest mum in the world.

"I have no more words. I am truly devastated. Sleep tight my beautiful girl, your brother and I will love you forever, you will never be out of my thoughts as long as I live."

Bethany left Plockton High School last summer and was in the middle of a year out before planning to study midwifery in Aberdeen.

'Perfect in every way'

The school said the former deputy head girl was a "kind, caring and gifted" student who had been a "super role model" to younger pupils.

She was among students who stay in a hostel in Plockton due to distance they have to travel from their homes to attend classes.

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