A 21-year-old bodybuilder’s family warns of dangers when the healthy, young man died within just days of being diagnosed with the flu.
Kyler Baughman’s mother, Beverly Baughman, told WPXI.
“He was into physical fitness, He was going to school to be a personal trainer.”
“Kyler was extremely active, often visiting the gym, before he became ill.”
Baughman’s relatives are warning other peoples about the dangers of influenza after he died of complications from the flu virus last week at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
It first became apparent Kyler was sick when he returned home from work with a mild cough.
“We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get together and we noticed he wasn’t feeling well. He looked run-down and had a bit of a snotty nose,” Beverly said.
His fiancée, Olivia Marcanio said:
“He kinda just laid down and went about his day and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt, he had a mild cough,”
Within 2 days, his health began rapidly declining, according to his family.
He was rushed Wednesday to a Westmoreland County emergency room and flown to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he died just hours later.
His mom said it was from complications from the flu.
“Organ failure due to septic shock caused by influenza,” Beverly Baughman said.
His family are now urging others to seek medical treatment immediately if they are feeling under the weather. They’re hoping by sharing his story, it could help save someone else.
“Try and know your body; don’t let things go. Whenever you have a fever and you have it multiple days, don’t let it go. Get it taken care of.”
“I think he thought, ‘I just got the flu, I’ll be all right, I’ll go rest a little bit.’ He was always on the go. I just think he ignored it and thought it would go away like most people, and I think people need to pay more attention to their bodies,” Beverly Baughman said.