A 32-year-old woman from Badlapur died of acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by the H1N1 virus (swine flu) on Wednesday after spending a week in the hospital. The woman, who is the first fatality of the killer virus in the city this year, was admitted to Sion hospital last Thursday after she complained of breathlessness, fever and headache.
Within four to six hours after being admitted to Sion Hospital, the woman was put on a ventilator and her condition had been critical since then.
“Looking at her lung condition, we suspected that she was suffering from swine flu and immediately sent her samples for testing. She completed her dose of Tamiflu,” said Dr ND Maulik, head of the medicine department at Sion Hospital.
Doctors later found that the woman was suffering from diabetes and her sugar levels soared up to 200 units. “She was referred from a private hospital in Ambernath to Sion Hospital,” said Dr Mangala Gomare, head of epidemiology cell of the BMC.