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Alberta boy who was in a coma from Swine Flu has died


Mike Gorbous died from complications of Swine Flu on Dec. 15.

Mike Gorbous died from complications of Swine Flu on Dec. 15.

By Salim Jiwa

CALGARY, Alberta –  A 16-year-old Calgary boy who had been in a coma after getting a serious infection from Swine Flu has died, his devastated grandmother confirmed Tuesday night.

Michael Gorbous had been on life-support since Nov. 2 when he was admitted to hospital. By the time he was rushed to hospital in an ambulance Michael had severe pneumonia in both lungs and he was placed on an ECMO machine that helped him breathe.

The grade-11 boy never came out of the coma, said his grandmother Fay Gorbous.

“He passed away at 4 a.m., they phoned me after six to tell me,” she said in an interview. “The doctors and nurses at that hospital were wonderful, they did everything they possibly could.”

“He was only 16 and it is a terrible thing,” she said. “My son and his wife can’t say enough about the doctors and nurses and how hard they tried to save him.”

Gorbous had previously appealed to Canadians not get complacent about Swine Flu and urged people to get vaccinated for the disease that has killed nearly 400 Canadians so far and landed nearly 500 on life support.

One of the key complications of Swine Flu is pneumonia, since the virus initially attacks the lungs and causes acute respiratory distress in some it infects.

In a previous interview, Heather Gorbous, Michael’s mother, asked people to visit the hospital to see her son if they still didn’t believe that Swine Flu was dangerous.

More young people have been hospitalized than any other age group in Canada from the novel pandemic virus. Approximately 30 per cent of all hospitalizations have been in persons younger than 17.

The U.S. centres for Disease Control estimates as many as 1,500 pediatric deaths have occurred in the U.S. as a result of Swine Flu, which prominent scientists with CDC have labelled as a young person’s disease.


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2 Comments for “Alberta boy who was in a coma from Swine Flu has died”

  1. Michael its been only about 4 months and 10 days and i miss you so much, i love you, you always knew how to make me smile, ill never forget the great times we had together, i love you i hope you can see me, from up there, save me a spot please, i wanna be with you when i die, i wanna be able to see that face of yours, one last time, the night i heard u died, i cried for 5 days straight i wouldnt go to school i just couldnt accept the fact that someone i loved as much as you had died because of a fricking stupid flu that just had to come to alberta, canada, you were loved by everyone, no matter who they were in this world to you, you still cared, you were the most amazing boy i have ever met, you were way to young to die. wish you didnt i miss you :( -xoxo alyssa

  2. Rest in peace, Mike. I love you, and will never forget you. You always made me smile with one of your witty or random remarks. I have never had a regret stronger than letting us drift apart. I hope that wherever you are, you’re in a better place. You deserve the best. Many a tear have fallen for you, and your two hundred balloons will be released on the 21st. I can’t believe you’re gone, but know that you were, and always will be, loved by everyone you touched. Never forgotten, always in our hearts. <3

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