A Fort Smith woman is fighting for her life in a St. Louis hospital after coming down with the H1N1 virus and losing her unborn child.
Leslie Creekmore is unconscious and on a ventilator while battling the virus, according to her husband, Chris Creekmore. Her family said she started feeling sick on Jan. 6 and had to be hospitalized.
Doctors said she lost her unborn girl, Jera, because of the virus, according to Chris Creekmore.
Chris Creekmore said Leslie was 20 weeks pregnant, and her body spontaneously delivered the baby while she was unconscious.
He said it was a “pretty clear case of just her body realizing that it couldn’t support both of them, and so having to focus on just one and abandon the other.”
Bryan Clardy, a Sebastian County health officer with the Arkansas Department of Health, said they’ve seen more adults age 18 to 50 with the virus this year than in previous flu seasons.
“We`ve had a number of deaths in the community,” he said.
Clardy said pregnant women are at a high risk.
He said the symptoms of H1N1 include coughing, fever, body aches and chills.
He said people who have not gotten a flu shot this season should get one.
The Arkansas Department of Health said the state has plenty of vaccines left, adding those who want a shot should call their county health office to make an appointment.