Michigan 12-Year-Old With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies Days After Vomiting at Dinner

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – “I’m a mom. I’m supposed to protect my kids, and I couldn’t,” Jessica Decent-Doll tells WJBK. The Michigan mother says she has been left with a sense of guilt after her 12-year-old son Michael died last week just days after coming down with flu-like symptoms.

Decent-Doll tells the Times Herald that Michael vomited during dinner Jan. 9. She took him to urgent care the next day when his symptoms didn’t go away.

Decent-Doll says Michael—who had gotten the flu vaccine in December—tested negative for flu, had normal vitals and was prescribed an anti-nausea medication at urgent care. “The doctor said to keep an eye on him and keep giving him fluids,” she says.

But last Thursday morning, Decent-Doll was confronted with a parent’s nightmare when she went to wake up Michael. “When I came into his room he was on the floor. His eyes were open and he was looking at me,” she tells WJBK. “The only way I can describe the way he looked is he looked like a fish out of water. A fish trying to breathe.”

Michael’s father performed CPR while emergency workers were en route, but Michael died a short time later at the hospital. His family is waiting on an official cause of death, but the flu has already killed 20 kids this flu season—with an estimated three months left, WZZM reports.

The Type A flu virus currently going around is more harmful for children because it’s tougher on the immune system. That’s something Decent-Doll knows all too well. “This flu or whatever is going around this year is unbelievably dangerous,” she tells the Times Herald.

A fundraiser has been created to help pay for the funeral costs.

This article originally appeared on Newser: 12-Year-Old Vomited at Dinner. He Was Dead 2 Days Later

(This 21-year-old thought rest would take care of the flu; he died.)

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11 comments

  • the peeps

    He tested negative for the flu and no other cause of death has been stated in the article, yet the anti-vaxxers are out in full-force and it is assumed to be the flu. Could be unrelated, but I would rather wait for evidence than make ignorant claims. Not only that, but so many people on here do not know the difference between possessive and plural! It is news, not new’s.

  • Joann

    This is terrible.
    You think they are safe when a doctor or hospital sends them home.
    Obviously flu shots are not for all flu’s.

  • Hard Truthpill

    You people realize that flu vaccines are dead/very weakened versions to help your immune system start producing antibodies to fight off the full flu right? The vaccine didn’t kill him, but keep up your antivax crap that’s getting kids sick with preventable diseases.

    • Jd

      Flu shots (i.e “Flulaval) contain 50mcg. Thimerosol, which is an extremely dangerous level of Mercury and is 25,000 times the maximum of Mercury allowed by the EPA in drinking water. That’s only one of the ingredients. Ask your pharmacist for a copy of the “insert sheet.” It also says there’s no evidence it works, and it should NOT be given to pregnant women.

      • Hard Truthpill

        Legitimate source? Otherwise I’ll believe the people would went to school for years to be doctors over a keyboard physician or the college student handing out your Viagra over the counter.

      • the peeps

        I think you need a lesson in micrograms, parts per million, and mercury toxicity. You cannot make a claim about something with little to no evidence and then discredit another claim made by others. There is a correlate between contracting the flu after having had the shot, but there’s no evidential causation, other than the flu constantly evolving.

    • Truth

      Let them keep their idiotic anti vax ideals to themselves. They’ll eventually be less stupid people around once they start dying of measles, mumps and whooping cough.

  • Mary K

    You should never fix something that’s not broke.
    Head line should read 12yr old boy dies after getting a flu shot bottom line. Just more fake new’s!

    • Truth

      There are over 144 different types of Type A Flu. How the flu shot works is health professionals predict what strains they think will be prevalent that season. This year, the three or four strains they picked were not the ones that are infecting people. This years flu shot is basically worthless. He did not die from the flu shot. Do some research.

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