Fort Smith Woman Dies After Flu

FORT SMITH, AR -- A woman who was hospitalized for the flu in January has died. 

In a Monday morning post to a Facebook page for her, Leslie Creekmore's husband confirmed she had passed away.

"She's gone now, and the universe itself is lesser for the loss," wrote Chris Creekmore.

Creekmore, 29, was 20 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to a hospital in Fort Smith on January 11 because she was experiencing shortness of breath, her husband said. Her condition worsened; that night she was transferred to the intensive care unit. She was put on a ventilator on January 13.

An emergency flight took her to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis on January 14 where she remained on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma, KSDK reported.

Creekmore spontaneously miscarried her pregnancy on January 16, her husband said.

Chris Creekmore said he and his wife had researched tips for healthy pregnancies, and they had come across a recommendation to avoid the flu vaccine in the first trimester of pregnancy. He said he asked his wife's OB-GYN in Arkansas in October about the matter, and the doctor told them he was wary of giving flu shots during the first trimester. Leslie had planned to get a flu shot at a clinic on January 13, the same doctor's visit as her 20-week ultrasound, her husband said.

"I sincerely and wholeheartedly want to thank every one of you for caring and especially for supporting my mission to get people to vaccinate so fewer lives might be cut short," Chris's message on Facebook said.

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