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Wichita mom dies from H1N1

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 12:06 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, March 5, 2012, at 10:42 a.m.

Carolina Enegren, 31, hospitalized for more than three months because of complications from H1N1, has died.

Mrs. Enegren, whose illness was the focus of an Eagle story earlier this month, died Wednesday.

She became ill from the H1N1 virus in mid-October. Her husband, Paul, 33, and their two sons, Phillip-Antonio, 4, and Nicholas-Emilio, 3, also got sick. They all got better within a few days.

But Mrs. Enegren was left with a cough that worsened and progressed into acute respiratory distress syndrome, a lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the blood. She had been hospitalized since Oct. 24 and in the intensive care unit since Oct. 27.

Her husband said he and their sons were able to spend time with Mrs. Enegren in the days before her death.

"We definitely got some good time with her,'' he said.

But the damage to her lungs and other complications were more than she was able to overcome, he said.

"Just let people know that they need to take the vaccine seriously," he said, noting that he and his family had received their seasonal flu shots and intended to get the H1N1 vaccine before they became ill.

Mrs. Enegren's service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church.

Reach Karen Shideler at 316-268-6674 or kshideler@wichitaeagle.com.

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