Girl, 10, dies of complications from swine flu

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A Harlem girl died Saturday of the novel influenza A H1N1 virus.

Summer Rockefeller, 10, died of complications associated with the virus while being treated at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

No other local H1N1 deaths have been confirmed by officials.

Euchee Creek Elementary Principal Wanda Golosky said Summer, a fifth-grader at the school, suffered multiple complications from her illness.

The Augusta Chronicle was unable to obtain Summer's medical history Monday to determine whether she had any conditions that would put her at greater risk from the virus. Efforts to reach the family also were unsuccessful. However, Ms. Golosky said the new student wasn't "prone to running in and out of the (school) nurse's office."

Summer initially was treated at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center but was transferred to Egleston, Mr. Collins said.

There, Summer underwent four surgeries and spent two months in intensive care, according to Roxanne Whitaker, a Columbia County school board member.

Members of Harlem Baptist Church will hold a spaghetti supper Nov. 5 at the church to help Summer's family defray some of her medical expenses.

"Their medical bill, I've been told, is over $3 million," Mrs. Whitaker said.

During that time, her parents, Brian and Elizabeth Anderson Rockefeller, remained in the Atlanta area, Mrs. Whitaker said.

"They have lost their home and everything else due to them losing their jobs and having no money to pay the bills," Mrs. Whitaker said.

Though the school isn't planning the fundraiser, teachers took up a collection for the family about two weeks ago, Ms. Golosky said.

The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Though Summer died in Atlanta, new state protocols require that the coroner from the home county of the deceased child be notified. Mr. Collins said an Egleston nurse informed him of the death last week but that he had not received a death summary sheet from the hospital as of Monday afternoon.

Mr. Collins said it was the first novel H1N1-related death his office has dealt with.

Columbia County Health Department Nurse Manager Linda Graves said her district office in Augusta would keep track of any H1N1 fatalities in the area, but the office was closed Monday for Columbus Day.

Since the swine flu outbreak began in Georgia during the spring, there have been 489 hospitalizations and 23 deaths in the state as of Oct. 6, according to the Georgia Division of Public Health. At least two have involved children.

As of Oct. 3, 37 states, including Georgia and South Carolina, are reporting widespread flu cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 19 pediatric flu-related deaths reported Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, 16 were confirmed novel H1N1 cases and three were considered likely.

Staff Writer Tom Corwin contributed to this report.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

H1N1 VACCINE

Vaccine against novel influenza A H1N1 is rolling out slowly as batches become available, and the first roughly 6 million are nasal preparations approved only for healthy people ages 2 to 49.


Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that they will hold a vaccine update today and had hoped to learn this week about the availability of shots. Vaccine availability will be updated on a weekly basis by CDC as lots become available and states are allowed to order more.


The CDC's distributor, McKesson Co., will ship some lots directly to providers who order 100 shots or more, and others will get theirs through the health department. The Georgia Division of Public Health said it will provide a list of private providers on its Web site.

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justus4
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justus4 10/13/09 - 04:58 am
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What?! A swine flu "outbreak"
Unpublished

What?! A swine flu "outbreak" in Ga/Sc with 23 deaths and nobody informed the public...where was the news flash? Is this the one thats gonna take us down or is it much to do about nothing? Well, this young girl is another sad case and more public service announcements must be used to keep citizens informed. This Winter maybe a difficult one.

AhsanMinnik
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AhsanMinnik 10/13/09 - 05:11 am
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justus - Not ONE healthy

justus - Not ONE healthy person has died from swine flu. All of them worldwide have had other more serious medical conditions. This is irresponsible reporting from the top down. It doesn't cost $3million to treat a case of the flu, not even using Prezbozo math.

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Brad Owens 10/13/09 - 05:29 am
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Very sad.

Very sad.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/13/09 - 06:13 am
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All of us knew about the 23

All of us knew about the 23 deaths, courtesy of the AWM. I guess the ABM didn't notify Justus.

WAG
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WAG 10/13/09 - 07:24 am
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So sad that people have to

So sad that people have to lose their jobs because their child is sick,... Where is the compassion of the employer....Sad that a bill of 3 million is incurred for medical expenses...Only in America.
Where is Obama in this case...opps wrong color

ANGEL
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ANGEL 10/13/09 - 07:32 am
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My heart and prayers go out

My heart and prayers go out to the family of this young girl.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 10/13/09 - 08:11 am
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It would be nice to know who

It would be nice to know who their employers were, so that a little public pressure can be placed on them and their sociopathic management style.

leoswife
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leoswife 10/13/09 - 08:12 am
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AhsanMinnik--It can cost 3mil

AhsanMinnik--It can cost 3mil for intensive care for two months. I had a family member in intensive care for 4 months and it was a little over 5 million. I feel so sorry for these parents. They don't care about the jobs or possessions, they just lost their child!

littlettolate
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littlettolate 10/13/09 - 08:21 am
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Summer you will always be

Summer you will always be missed and loved. R.I.P baby girl! God knows the hell you endured @ such a young age. It was not fair then and it still isn't fair. But you are now an angel watching over us. I LOVE YOU!

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 10/13/09 - 08:29 am
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My prayers are with this

My prayers are with this family. Although, I didn't know them, I live in Harlem and have a 10 year old daughter. I have been saying that I wasn't going to get her the H1N1 vaccine shot due to not knowing what the side effects are or the long term effects later on, but I may rethink this situation. It is very sad to lose all this family had while their child was fighting for her life and now to lose their child as well. I will continually pray for this family's recovery, strenght and Faith in God.

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ispy4u 10/13/09 - 09:00 am
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For all of you against Health

For all of you against Health Care Reform, explain tome how in the heck does a bill reach over $3 Million in that short period of time?

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/13/09 - 09:03 am
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WAG, Wrong color?What in the

WAG, Wrong color?What in the hell are you talking about?

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 10/13/09 - 09:18 am
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ispy4u - Just ignore WAG. It

ispy4u - Just ignore WAG. It has a shallow mind.

littlettolate
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littlettolate 10/13/09 - 09:35 am
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For all you low life idiots

For all you low life idiots mentioning race. Black, White, Green or Purple. We all bleed the same color. And we all put our underwear on one leg at a time.... Please send disrespectful, rude or political points to hubert_lisa@yahoo.com. You know family members are viewing this.

tampaa
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tampaa 10/13/09 - 09:41 am
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Summer was on the iron

Summer was on the iron lung(life support) all that time. Did you not read 4 surgeries. To my knowledge,she had no underlying health issues. I had spoken with the Mom in Atlanta. Those of you with the negative remarks..please show some compassion! The Moms employer had a layoff since this happened, my husband worked with her. For those that had the negative remarks about the cost..You must not have children! I would give MY life for my children. My heart goes out to the family. She was a beautiful child. It's times like these that some of you need to keep your thoughts to yourself!

sueboo418
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sueboo418 10/13/09 - 09:49 am
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Little you are exactly right!

Little you are exactly right! My mom was in critical care for 9 days and just her hospital bill was $80K. That doesn't include all the extra's, the dr. bills, x-rays, CT scans, etc. It adds up real quick. My heart goes out to this family. Sounds like they have been thru hell and back.

disssman
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disssman 10/13/09 - 09:49 am
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For those that think the

For those that think the price is high, last year I did a sleep study downtown. I reported to the hospital at 9:00P.M. was fitted to the computer that has been used for years, went to sleep at 10:00P.M. , woke up at 6:00 A.M. and left. The total cost for 8 hours sleep was 3,800 plus dollars. Not a bad price for a little sleep.

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soldout 10/13/09 - 10:03 am
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Parents don't get over the

Parents don't get over the lost of a child. God can restore their money and those around them can love much of the despair away. In eternity this time of sadness will be just a short period and they can believe and focus on that day they are united with her again. For the living we need to care for our children. The question becomes have we done something to increase the risk for young children? What is different from say 10, 20, and 30 years ago? Some factors that are different are; a poorer diet with excessive sugar, less sunshine, more vaccinations,more antibiotics, hand sanitizers, more stress(children at kept very busy), larger percent in day care, and more indoor air pollution. There is an answer and it is probably a simple one. When my children were young a doctor told me nothing was more important than for them to sleep in a room with the window cracked at least 2-4 inches whether it was 10 degrees or a hundred degrees outside. With tighter houses and even more indoor pollution now that probably is even more important. Research time should be spent studying the healthy children and see what is different about them.

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Newsreader 10/13/09 - 10:20 am
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Prayers and sympathy for the

Prayers and sympathy for the family. I think that you have suffered with your little girl. She seems beautiful inside and out from her picture. Please seek God's comfort in your sorrow. He has not foresaken you or Summer.
The following is not for the family, just the negative posters:
As for the cost, I would gladly pay more than $3 million for my child. The last thing I would say is sorry, I can't afford that. I would do what I could to provide for my children, and I am sure that Summer's feel the same way. Now that she is gone, they will try to put their life back together. It is not their fault that the medical expenses are so high, it not their fault, that the child had to be transfered from MCG, meaning that had to go to Atlanta, and it is not their fault that they were laid off or fired. It is also not the President's fault, or the Media's fault. However, if the President, the Congress, the Medical Companies, and the Media do not find a solution and put it in place, this will become more common. The high cost of Medical Care is driving more families into poverty. A large number of "middle class" families are uninsured or underinsured, and can not afford illness or injury.

soldout
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soldout 10/13/09 - 10:25 am
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People tend to get angry when

People tend to get angry when they are told how to cut cost by around 80% with knowledge that is available and working for many today.

buckiii2
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buckiii2 10/13/09 - 10:54 am
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Read This, It May Save You,

Read This, It May Save You, Your Family,
Or Friend From Death.
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and tragic delays of the federal government, and it could cost you or a family member
their life (http://peramivir.484553.free-press-release.com ) .
If you or a loved one ends up in the hospital here is what you need to know. Until the
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found here: http://www.biocryst.com/e_ind or by calling 205-989-3262. Make sure your
MD is aware of this ASAP. If anyone you know ends up in the hospital, make sure their
family has this information !

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 10/13/09 - 11:40 am
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You freakin idiots using this

You freakin idiots using this story where a young child was taken before her time. This is not the place for your views on health care, Obama, White, Black etc. This story is about a young girl who lost her life at such a young age. Instead of you freakin idiots posting BS. Put your mouth where your wallet and check book are and donate money to a family that deserves it. You could be in the same boat as them one day. As the saying goes if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 10/13/09 - 12:08 pm
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Nothing is sadder in life

Nothing is sadder in life than to see a child pass away before their time. Other than the spaghetti supper, is there another way donations could be sent to help this family out?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/13/09 - 12:15 pm
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From the story above: "Ms.

From the story above: "Ms. Golosky said the new student wasn't "prone to running in and out of the (school) nurse's office." Summer initially was treated at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center but was transferred to Egleston, Mr. Collins said. There, Summer underwent four surgeries and spent two months in intensive care, according to Roxanne Whitaker, a Columbia County school board member."

Okay, she spent an undetermined amount of time at MCG then two months at Egleston. She was a NEW student at her school. The principal says she wasn't "prone to running in and out of the nurse's office." How could she, if she got sick so early in the school year?

jessie2007
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jessie2007 10/13/09 - 12:21 pm
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I know the family and i know

I know the family and i know summer so if there is anyone out here that could help me think of something to do to help raise money for this family during their time of loss please contact me through email at Jessica_vincent2007@hotmail.com

soldout
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soldout 10/13/09 - 12:43 pm
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buckiii2 looks like they have

buckiii2 looks like they have done a lot of testing with it and lots of referneces on the net. Thanks for the info. One site states the following: A single intravenous dose of peramivir may be a viable alternative to an oral 10-dose oseltamivir regimen for treating patients with uncomplicated acute influenza. Findings from a double-blind phase 3 trial indicated that median time to symptom alleviation was reduced in patients assigned to either a 300 mg or 600 mg dose of intravenous peramivir compared with patients assigned to oseltamivir. Researchers from several sites in Korea, Taiwan and Japan randomly assigned 1,091 patients who tested positive for influenza using rapid antigen detection to receive either one IV dose of peramivir (300 mg, n=364; 600 mg, n=362) or 75 mg of oseltamivir orally for five days (n=365). Median times to symptom alleviation were as follows:

Peramivir 300 mg; 78 hours.
Peramivir 600 mg; 81 hours.
Oseltamivir; 81.8 hours.
Additionally, significantly lower adverse drug reactions were observed in patients assigned to 300 mg peramivir compared with those assigned to oseltamivir.

poolmom
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poolmom 10/13/09 - 01:50 pm
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Where did both of her parents

Where did both of her parents work? Their employers could have worked with these people. Or were they already unemployed when she got sick? If not shame on them!

littlettolate
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littlettolate 10/13/09 - 02:02 pm
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I deleted my earlier post out

I deleted my earlier post out of respect to summer. Summer would not have wanted to be remembered like that. As I don't think anyone would have. May God Bless everyone.

aggrevatedparent
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aggrevatedparent 10/13/09 - 02:02 pm
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My heart goes out to this

My heart goes out to this family! May you find comfort in god's word and the beautiful memories you have of your lovely daughter! I will be praying for you all and your monetary situation. The community should come together to support you not post their ignorant comments about a situation they know nothing about.

allofustoo
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allofustoo 10/13/09 - 03:59 pm
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We will keep Summer's family

We will keep Summer's family in our prayers. We all need to thank GOD everyday for our health. You never know when your life will change.

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