5-year-old Georgia boy dies from flu complications


A 5-year-old Georgia boy who died from complications of the flu was remembered on Wednesday morning.

>> Watch the news report here

Eli Snook of Marietta died Saturday at a hospital. His parents first took him to the emergency room Jan. 13 with flu-like symptoms. 

His family told WSB-TV's Chris Jose that a doctor gave the boy Tamiflu. His parents kept him home for a week then sent him back to day care on Jan. 22.

Last Thursday, Eli’s parents got a call that the boy had a 101 degree fever. His parents said they brought him back to urgent care.

>> How does the flu kill healthy people?

"We prayed for a miracle Friday night. He got an infection in the brain. His brain swelled past the point of no return, and he went brain dead," said his father, Aaron Snook.

The parents were told by doctors to take him to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Due to a weakened immune system from the flu, doctors told the parents the virus quickly attacked his body. 

"It was a shock to me. It was shock," said the boy's mother, Leota Snook. "It's the aftereffects of the flu that's killing these babies."

>> Read more trending news 

Georgia has been hit hard by the flu this season. On Wednesday, officials with Georgia Department of Public Health said at least 37 people have died from the virus.

The flu outbreak is so bad that Grady Memorial Hospital brought in a mobile emergency room unit to treat the excess number of patients visiting the hospital with flu-like symptoms. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Study: Sleep deprivation can make you feel lonely, socially distant
Study: Sleep deprivation can make you feel lonely, socially distant

If your social life is suffering, poor sleep could be to blame, according to a new report.  Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley recently conducted a study, published in the journal Nature Communications, to determine the link between sleep-deprived people and feelings of loneliness.  To do so, they used brain imaging...
Unsafe amounts of weed killer chemical found in some oat-based food, report finds
Unsafe amounts of weed killer chemical found in some oat-based food, report finds

Oatmeal and some other popular oat-based breakfast foods, including granola bars, may contain unsafe amounts of weed killer, according to a report.  The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy, conducted a study on 29 oat-based foods.  It found that all but five contained...
Former CIA Director John Brennan: ‘I will not relent’
Former CIA Director John Brennan: ‘I will not relent’

Shortly after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald Trump is revoking John Brennan’s security clearance, the former CIA director replied on Twitter:  Brennan later appeared in an MSNBC interview discussing the announcement. "I think Mr. Trump is getting more and more concerned...
Person bitten by shark off Cape Cod
Person bitten by shark off Cape Cod

A person was bitten by a shark off Cape Cod, sources tell Boston 25 News. >> Read more trending news  The harbormaster said that a Medflight has been called to take the victim to Tufts Medical Center. Crews are now out looking for the shark. The victim reportedly has "deep puncture wounds." Truro police are handling the investigation...
1 dead in fatal industrial accident near Walt Disney World employee area
1 dead in fatal industrial accident near Walt Disney World employee area

A 61-year-old man has died after an industrial accident near a Walt Disney World employee area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. >> Read more trending news  According to deputies, two employees were emptying oil and grease byproduct from a semitrailer into a vat at the Harvest Power energy facility in Reedy Creek near...
More Stories