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Posted: February 10, 2018

Teacher contracts both flu strains, now on life support


Teacher contracts both flu strains, now on life support
Nurse Kathleen Burks hooks up an IV to a flu patient at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Ga., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

DALLAS, Texas —

A special education teacher in Texas is fighting for her life after contracting both flu strains.

Crystal Whitley, 35, was physically active and had no underlying physical conditions, friends told WFAA, when she contracted both strains of influenza two weeks ago. She then developed pneumonia in both lungs and a MRSA infection.

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While she is showing some signs of improvement, Whitley remains on life support at Baylor Scott & White, WFAA reported.

Whitley received a flu shot after giving birth in October, friends told WFAA.

Doctors are cautiously optimistic about Whitley's chances for recovery, but told family that she could remain in the hospital for months, WFAA reported.

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