explanation is that either he took Tamilflu too late, or have one of
those underlying diseases that made him more vulnerable. What these
diseases are, are still unknown because only a little asthma can kill
and most of us have a little bit of asthma that we are not aware of.
Mother of H1N1 Victim Speaks Out
Updated: Saturday, 24 Oct 2009, 9:39 PM CDT
Published : Saturday, 24 Oct 2009, 9:39 PM CDT
HOUSTON - Sandi Lee-Gray describes her 33-year-old son John Michael
Lee as a "good man, a community man, selfless man, humble man." He is
also a man, who like possibly millions of others, came down with the
swine flu. "John never really did take this serious," said Lee-Gray.
What started with a cough and runny nose on October 7th ended just ten
days later with the financial adviser's death. "I don't get it. I just
don't get why. That day is like a nightmare," said Lee-Gray.
Lee-Gray says her son's doctor gave him Tamiflu and antibiotics and
told him to go home and rest. One week later he was in the hospital.
His organs were failing. "The doctor told me you have a young man who
is as sick as you can be without being dead and he believes in
miracles, but he didn't think we were going to get one and I said 'oh
no oh no, it's not his time to go, he still has so much more to do,'"
she said while fighting back tears.
There was no swine flu vaccine yet available for Lee as production has
been delayed. Still today, there are limited quantities in stock. In
Montgomery County Saturday hundreds lined up at Lonestar College for a
"drive-thru flu" shot. Hundreds of people were turned away because
UTMB only had 140 doses to give out. The county requested 20,000 from
the federal government. "It's just been crazy. People are desperate to
get these vaccines. We had some really frustrated people who can't get
the H1N1 vaccine," said Emily Llinas with the Montgomery County Health
Now that the President has declared a national emergency, John Michael
Lee's mother hopes everyone treats it that way. "You have to take this
flu seriously because people aren't, he didn't and now he's gone and
maybe his story will keep someone else from dying," said Lee-Gray.
Lee's death continues a scary trend in Houston. All but one of the
city's H1N1 deaths were either young adults or children. More than
1,000 people nationwide have died from swine flu. There have been 16
deaths in the greater Houston area.