Teen May Need Heart Transplant Due to H1N1

ABILENE, Texas, April 30 (UPI) — A bout of H1N1 flu six months ago may be the reason a Texas teen experienced heart failure and may need a transplant, his doctors say.

Doctors at Baylor Medical Center in Fort Worth say almost three weeks ago 18-year-old Joe Goforth went to the emergency room in Stephenville complaining of stomach flu and was transferred to Baylor where he was diagnosed with catastrophic heart failure and failing kidneys due to a virus, the Abilene Reporter News reported.

The teen’s father, Wayne Goforth, a Church of Christ minister in Brownwood, said his son’s doctors told him the only virus the doctors could link the heart failure to was H1N1.

Six months ago the healthy teen had been attending Tarleton State University when he caught H1N1 flu and he was sent home to be quarantined, his father said.

Joe Goforth recovered, but he suffered repeated bouts of bronchitis and when he thought he had stomach flu he went to the hospital.

“They said your son is dying and he has a 30 percent chance of survival,” Goforth told the Reporter News.

Joe Goforth is on a heart pump and has been fitted with an arterial defibrillator that will monitor his heart. He is expected to go home soon, but doctors said he will have to have a heart pump or a transplant, the Reporter News said.

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