Young bodybuilder dies of flu complications

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Kyler's mother says the official cause of death is organ failure due to septic shock caused by influenza. "He kinda just laid down and went about his day", Baughman's fiancé, Olivia Marcanio, told WPXI, "That was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt". However, Kyler was coughing worse and running a high fever after Christmas.

In some extreme cases, the flu can cause sepsis. People who suspect they have the flu should seek medical assistance within 48 hours of when they started feeling ill as the treatment is most effective within this timeframe.

"I think he thought, 'I just got the flu; I'll be all right, '" Baughman explained. He was then rushed to Pittsburgh's UPMC Presbyterian hospital, where he died less than 24 hours later.

As PennLive.com reported yesterday, another dozen flu victims have died in Pa. since the beginning of the year.

Kyler Baughman from Pennsylvania was a healthy young man leading an active lifestyle, going to the gym frequently, and studying to become a personal trainer. His body went into septic shock, which can occur when the body is working to fight off an infection such as pneumonia or influenza.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta previously told CNN that most people who die from the flu have an "underlying illnesses or a weakened immune system".

While the flu season is in full swing, it's not too late to get a flu shot.

According to his family, Kyler did not receive his flu vaccination.


Within two days, Baughman's health took a turn for the worse.

"I just think he ignored it and thought it'd go away like most people, and I think people need to pay more attention to their bodies", Baughman's mother told WPXI.

"It doesn't seem real", Mrs. Baughman told WPXI.

"It's also important to be able to identify what the main flu symptoms are and how it is different from an actual cold".

Following the unexpected death of their son, the Baughmans are urging everybody to take flu symptoms more seriously and get treatment as soon as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control estimated that from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014, there were 12,000 to a high of 56,000 deaths in the USA that were associated to influenza.

His dad Todd posted: "We are without words for the passing of our only son Kyler Baughman".

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