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October 19, 2013

Mother urges other expectant mothers to get flu shots

Rhoads survives near-death H1N1 scare

In February of 2011, Megan Rhoads was nearly 32 weeks pregnant with her second child when she went to the doctor for what she thought was a cold. “I kept telling them I couldn’t breathe,” said Megan.

She was given an inhaler and sent home. “The doctors just thought I had a cold but I really felt worse than that. I knew something was wrong,” Megan said.

Just days later Rhoads was taken to the Daviess Community Hospital emergency room and was fighting for her life.

“When she got to the emergency room, she was not doing well at all. They had given Megan oxygen but she just wasn’t breathing well at all,” said Dave Rhoads, Megan’s father.

Shortly after arriving at the emergency room, DCH staff made the call to lifeline Megan to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville if they were able to stabilize her condition.

Doctors at Deaconess informed Megan’s family that the best chance of saving either Megan’s or her unborn child’s life, was to deliver her baby now.

Kian was born via C-section shortly after. He weighed about four pounds.

“For several days Megan was in one part of the hospital and Kian was in another,” said Glenda Davis, Megan’s mother. “It was hard and we just didn’t really know what to do.”

By the next week, doctors had determined that Megan had H1N1-type influenza. H1N1 caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009 but after then, most individuals never gave it a second thought. H1N1 is now included in all seasonal flu vaccines.

“I had been tested for H1N1 a couple of times but the tests came back negative,” said Megan. “I had symptoms that were pretty much typically of the flu but I had been getting headaches as well.”

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