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Raleigh teen dies from flu complications

Posted February 23, 2019 11:45 a.m. EST
Updated February 23, 2019 2:50 p.m. EST

— A Raleigh family shared online this week that a student at Grace Christian School has died due to flu complications.

Skyler's family used caringbridge.org, a public blog, to share medical updates with friends and family once Skyler was hospitalized.

According to Eric Bradley, the head of Grace Christian School on Buck Jones Road in Raleigh, Skyler was diagnosed with the flu on Feb. 15.

Skyler was admitted to the pediatric critical care unit at Duke after getting the flu and diagnosed with myocarditis, a rare but serious flu complication.

On Thursday, family members posted that Skyler had passed away.

"She fought against this illness with everything she had, but alas it overwhelmed her body," the post read. "Her bravery and strength will be something that we can all admire forever. "

As of Feb. 16, North Carolina officials had reported 68 flu-related deaths for the 2018-19 flu season, which starts in late September and peaks in February and March. The number is concerning but less than it was more than a year ago, on Feb. 3, 2018, when the total flu deaths in the state were already at 140.

During the 2017-18 flu season, nearly 400 deaths in North Carolina were attributed to the flu, the highest death toll in a single flu season since state officials began publicly reporting flu deaths in 2009.