In another pediatric flu-related death reported in recent weeks, a 16-year-old Texas girl died after getting the flu, her family says, noting that her death was the result of complications related to the virus.
Teresa “Reese” Termulo, a student at Bishop Lynch High School in East Dallas, died last week after the virus made her sick. His father, a pediatrician, commented on the speed of his death in a prayer service on Saturday.
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“I tell them how dangerous it could be, that you could die for that,” Cesar Termulo told patients, he said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “But still, it’s a surprise that it happened to my own daughter, and it happened very fast.”
Dallas County Health and Human Services officials have not yet confirmed whether the teenager’s death was related to the flu, the newspaper reported. It is not clear if he had received the flu vaccine.
Teresa was remembered by Chirs Rebuck, the president of Bishop Lynch, as a “diligent [and] hardworking student with a “warm spirit”. He noted that the high school student was a member of the school’s dance team and was interested in testing a leadership position in the team next year.
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“Only a very genuine, kind and caring person. She was a great friend to many, many people here on campus, ”he added.
The teenager’s death occurs after a 10-year-old boy from Coppell, Texas, also died after contracting the flu. The authorities are working to determine if the virus was also the cause of his death.