Australia: Mum of three dies unexpectedly after coming down with the flu

7 Aug, 2019
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Dan Foulds lost his wife Jacinta Foulds when the mum of three contracted flu two weeks ago and became so sick she caught a secondary infection and pneumonia.

The nail salon owner told the doctor she was unwell and she was told to go home and rest and have lots of fluids. However Dan said she quickly took a turn for the worse.

“We thought it would pass and she just needed to look after herself but it didn’t pass. On Tuesday she called me at work saying she definitely was not OK and I raced home right away. I took one look at her and rang the ambulance. The journey to the hospital was a Code One — critical with lights and sirens. Her heart crashed and I was told she could die. Seriously, how could a 35-year-old fit woman die from the flu?” he told the Courier Mail.

“Her body started to shut down — kidneys and heart. Jacinta was put into an induced coma but just before we had the chance to talk. She said to me ‘I’m sorry, I love you’ and I replied ‘Don’t be sorry, I love you’. These were our last words as she never woke up,” Dan said.

He said he “cannot explain” the level of shock and has lost his best friend and soulmate.

Friends and family of Jacinta have taken to Facebook to urge others to get the flu vaccination and visit the doctor if they are feeling unwell.

Jacinta passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Mr Foulds shared the news on Facebook, saying: “This is the hardest post I have ever had to do. My world has been rocked tonight. I said goodbye to my best friend and soulmate, taken from me way too soon.”

“Sorry if I don’t reply to messages. I’m really struggling and am trying to hold it together for my three kids.

“Jacinta Foulds taken to soon and forever in my heart and soul. RIP, my true love.”

GoFundMe set up to help the Folds family has raised more than $5000.

Friends and family of Ms Foulds have flooded her Facebook page with tributes after her unexpected death.


Jacinta Foulds and her husband Daniel Foulds. Picture: Daniel Foulds/FacebookSource:Supplied

“Life has pulled a number on us, friends. Woke to the most horrible news. Pals, Jacinta Foulds has been taken from us,” friend Fanny Barlow wrote.

“I don’t have a lot to say at this time but like everyone else I am too shocked to function.”

Nicole Pocock wrote: “I’m shocked to the core. When I see the name Jacinta I automatically think of a beautiful selfless woman that treated everyone equally.

“My heart breaks for Dan and the children. May you guys find the strength to continue even if it’s just minute by minute at the moment.”

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Just a few days ago it was revealed at least 83 people had died from flu-related illnesses in Queensland so far this year, but experts believe that real number is likely much higher.

There are fears the flu epidemic is only going to worsen and is on track to become the worst on record for the state.

There were 43 recorded flu-related deaths for the whole of 2018. This year’s toll is almost double that already.

Across the country there have been more than 380 reported influenza-associated deaths this year.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at 10:59 pm and is filed under Latest News.

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