Kyler Baughman’s family reports seeing him on the 23rd of December at a family Christmas gathering. His mom told Pittsburgh’s WPXI that he looked run down and tired and had a runny nose. His mom indicated that he felt like he just needed some rest. Over the next couple days, his symptoms worsened so he went to the hospital and was admitted for treatment of the flu. On the 28th of December Kyler died. The cause of death was “organ failure due to septic shock caused by influenza,” his mother told WPXI.
Because Kyler was only twenty-one years old and very healthy, fit and active, the story of his death is being told by many major news outlets. Young, healthy people aren’t supposed to die of the flu, so this has become a flashpoint in the debate over whether or not flu shots should be mandatory.
Most important to us is that an otherwise healthy fellow physique athlete has died and a family has been torn apart and is grieving. We send our prayers and condolences to his family and friends.
What we can all learn from this tragedy is that when we get sick, even if we are in shape and otherwise healthy, it’s important to see a doctor right away when symptoms escalate, or linger.
Even something as simple as the flu can be potentially fatal if not treated right away.