H1N1 flu's strength, speed stun mournershttp://www.desmoinesregister.com/articl ... n-mourners
How could Doug McKenzie, a 54-year-old computer analyst from Clive, with a big belly, a big laugh and a big heart, be gone so soon? How could a man who loved to camp and canoe with his son be healthy one week and dead the next?
The thief that stole Lucy McKenzie's son was the virus that has concerned public health officials in Iowa and nationwide. The H1N1 flu has hospitalized nearly 100,000 Americans and killed about 4,000.
Ten days ago, Doug McKenzie called his mother. He was having trouble breathing and was heading to the hospital. He asked his mother to call his son. Tell him to take out the dog, Doug McKenzie said.
The next day, a tube was placed in his throat. He was put on sedatives. A machine helped him breathe. Soon, his lungs collapsed, his kidneys failed, his heart gave out.
And one week later, Doug McKenzie was dead.