Mom Who Was Caring for Her Sick Children Dies of Flu Complications

The Indiana family is mourning the loss of 37-year-old Karlie Illg Slaven.
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As the flu epidemic continues to sweep the nation, so too do tragic stories all around the country. One of the latest is out of Indiana, where a 37-year-old mother of two named Karlie Illg Slaven passed away just three days after being diagnosed with the flu. She had been taking care of her sick family members and "got run down and tired," her father, Karl Illg told FOX59. 

Illg explained to WCPO, “They were all sick through the week, but they all had their shots, and they got over it pretty well." Slaven reportedly did not get the flu shot this year.

And it wasn't until after her two L.O.s were on the mend that Slaven started to feel sick and see symptoms like the ones she had seen her in children. She went to the doctor, where her chest was X-rayed, but doctors didn't find anything unusual, and she was discharged. But she returned the next day feeling worse and was diagnosed with pneumonia.

“My wife called and said, ‘Get the kids dressed and get over here right away — they’ve put her in the ICU. She’s in critical condition,” Illg explained. 

The situation escalated rapidly, and Slaven passed away on January 22 surrounded by her husband, two children, and parents. 

Illg shared that one of the things weighing on family members' minds is whether the flu vaccine may have saved her life. “Even if it only gives you a 10 to 20 percent edge to fight off the flu, that 10 to 20 percent might have saved Karlie’s life. It is one of those things that we are all going to have to wonder about,” he told WCPO.

In the wake of this tragic loss, the family has set up a GoFundMe page. As of Friday morning, they had raised $12,520 of their $20,000 goal. Our hearts go out to the family as they mourn the loss of this devoted mom whose life was taken far too soon.

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