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A mother of four from New Hampshire tragically died of complications from the flu just days after falling ill with the disease, according to KMBC.
Amanda Franks, 38, died on Jan. 17 after she tested positive for the flu which later turned into sepsis, according to a GoFundMe page started by her family to help cover her final expenses.
Franks visited a doctor on Jan. 15 where she was diagnosed with the flu and offered the antiviral medication Tamiflu, according to KMBC.
Franks allegedly rejected the drugs because she thought its potential side effects sounded more dangerous than the illness itself.
Two days later, Franks became weak and started vomiting. Her husband brought her to an emergency room, where doctors told them that she was exhibiting symptoms of septic shock.
While being transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Franks’ heart stopped beating and paramedics were unable to revive her.
State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan told KMBC that sepsis is often associated with severe flu cases, as it is the a sign of the body’s attempt to fight off viral and bacterial infections.
“Sepsis is the body’s harmful immune response to fighting off infection,” Chan told the outlet.
Franks leaves behind her husband, Andy, and her four children, Clayton, 19, Ashley, 16, Melaina, 12, and Brayden, 7.
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