When a young woman is near death from the re to save her flu, doctors use a new procedu By Alison Weaver Amanda Lovern was struggling to get over a case of the flu. The aches, fever, and coughing had utterly drained her energy, and the medicines her doctor had given her didn’t seem to be helping. The working mother of two asked her mom to take her older daughter to a soccer event and then curled up to go to sleep.
That was October of 2009. The next thing she remembers is waking up in the hospital the next year. Amanda, a completely healthy 29-year-old, had become a victim of the H1N1 influenza virus, a pandemic that swept the world from April 2009 until the summer of 2010. Debbie Hamilton, Amanda’s mother, found her daughter in bed in her Parrott, Va., home on Oct. 25 — barely breathing, with her lips white. She took Amanda to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, where physicians quickly assessed her grave condition. Amanda was transported by helicopter to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Cardiothoracic surgeon W. Scott Arnold, M.D., was among the first to examine her.
10 SPRING 2014 | CarilionClinic.org
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