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Baby of swine flu victim loses fight for life

16th June 2009

A family grieving for the loss of a woman who died after suffering from swine flu are now also mourning the death of her baby son.


Thirty-eight year old Jacqueline Fleming's death was confirmed at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley on June 14. She was the first person in Europe to die from the disease.

Her baby son Jack, who was 11 weeks premature, died on June 15. He did not have the swine flu virus.

Ms Fleming's partner William McCann said: "My beautiful son was born on the first of June 2009, 11 weeks early."

"He suffered from a number of complications and despite his brave fight he passed away earlier this evening at the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley."

71 new cases of the virus have been diagnosed by doctors in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS area. This raises the total number of cases in Scotland to 569.

Scotland's Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said that although Ms Fleming's death was a tragedy the public should be reassured that most cases of swine flu were "relatively mild".

She said: "It is important to stress that in any flu outbreak, unfortunately, we will see a small number of deaths and that doesn't change the fact that for the vast majority of people contracting this virus the symptoms are relatively mild."

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