12-Year-Old Boy Dies From Flu Virus In West Palm Beach

January 26, 2018
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A 12-year-old boy from West Palm Beach has died from the flu, his family said.

His family mentioned that Dylan Winnik felt fine on Saturday as he played at a birthday party.

However, the boy came down with cold-like symptoms on Sunday. By Tuesday, his condition worsened and a neighbor called 911.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were called to the 4600 block of Sunset Lane just after noon Tuesday and found the boy dead.

“We just honestly thought it was a common cold, because it happens,” Dylan’s brother said. “Even I had a cold, Iike, a week before him, and it just happens.”

Dylan split his time between living with his father in West Palm Beach and his mother and her partner, Mike Medwin, in Coral Springs. Medwin said that Dylan was just your typical boy who loved sports.

“It’s something that you can’t imagine,” Medwin said. “You think it’s somewhere off, somewhere else and it’s not your problem, and then it’s right here in a neighborhood like this.”

Friends and family members have set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations to help pay Dylan’s funeral expenses.

“There is nothing that can ever explain the loss of a beautiful child at such an early age,” Medwin said. “Dylan was highly intelligent, surprisingly funny and always full of life busy with his two brothers.”

Dylan was a seventh-grade student at Okeeheelee Middle School in West Palm Beach.

The principal of the school sent a letter to parents on Wednesday that said Dylan died of an illness and offered to provide professional counsellors for students who need them.

“He touched many lives in a special way,” Principal David Samore said.

State officials said that two other children have died of the flu recently in Florida.

Florida is among the 26 states where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread flu activity.

Doctors believe that the increase in flu cases may be in part because the flu vaccine may be less effective than usual this season.

The CDC said it’s usually 50 percent effective. This year the flu shot is about 32 percent effective.

 

A woman who was reportedly on her way to a Maine hospital to have a baby, died in a crash Monday morning.

Police said that the SUV that Desiree Strout, 27, was driving hit black ice on Route 2 in Skowhegan at 7 a.m. and rolled over.

Stout was 9 months pregnant and was heading to the hospital to be induced at the time of the crash.

Doctors had to perform an emergency C-section on the woman and her infant was listed in critical condition, according to police.

Police said that a man and an 8-year-old were in the SUV and were also injured in the crash.

Their names have not been released.

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