USA Today NetworkTodd Unger, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth
Published 7:50 a.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018 | Updated 11:12 a.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018
Frank Holland mentioned his spouse idea the Tamiflu her physician really helpful was once too pricey, so she did not get it. He wound up purchasing it for her an afternoon later, however inside of days, Heather Holland was once long gone.
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WEATHERFORD, Texas – A Texas lady died from flu headaches after deciding to not take flu medicine as a result of her copay was once too pricey.
Second-grade instructor Heather Holland, 38, was once prescribed Tamiflu previous this month after coming down with the flu. Her husband, Frank, instructed the Weatherford Democrat that she was once going to pick out the prescription, however idea the $116 copay was once too pricey.
“She thought it cost too much, so she didn’t get it,” mentioned Frank. “I ended up getting it for her Thursday.”
Frank instructed WFAA final Monday that his spouse become septic after being rushed to the emergency room on Feb. 2. Dialysis remedy did not paintings.
“I was with her for more than half of my life,” Frank mentioned in a short lived interview.
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Pastor Clark Bosher described a instructor, mom of two and spouse that was once closely desirous about Willow Park Baptist Church.
“She was beloved,” mentioned Bosher. “Frank sent me a text saying ‘Man, she’s gone.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
Counselors had been on the college Monday to lend a hand scholars, workforce and fogeys.
Heather’s personal two youngsters, 7 and 10, attend Ikard, as smartly.
Custodians were deep-cleaning Weatherford faculties since December. Ikard Elementary underwent every other deep-clean on Friday, in step with the district.
Frank mentioned his spouse was once an in a different way wholesome lady.
Flu job has been popular in Texas for greater than a month. This season, greater than 2,300 flu-related deaths had been reported within the state.
The flu outbreak has led to a number of North Texas college districts to close down for a number of days, together with Sunnyvale, Bonham and Gunter, as staff there wiped clean campuses.
Heather’s circle of relatives has arrange a GoFund me account for those who need to donate.
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