What kind of advice did she get from the people in the Facebook group?
She was told to try breast milk, thyme, elderberry, and other natural remedies. No one suggested seeking professional medical attention or that she fill the Tamiflu prescription. Tamiflu cannot cure the flu, but is used to ease symptoms and shorten the duration of illness.
Najee was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Colorado Springs.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by the family, Najee Jr. passed out on February 2. Geneva had gone to the ER to that day because her 10-month-old was running a temperature of 104. Once she was back home, Najee Jr., her 4-year-old, passed out after taking a bath. The GoFundMe page states:
"I immediately called 911 and began CPR, the EMT'S arrived and took over and according to reports I passed out. I was in shock because Najee seemed normal and not in as bad of a condition as his brothers. Ultimately, my son was airlifted to Children's hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I was told that my son suffered an anoxic brain injury related to a seizure that may have occurred from a fever or from him losing his airway."
Details of what happened to Najee Jr. haven't been shared, but his death was confirmed.
Very few details of the child's death have been shared, but the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has confirmed his death. "The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment can confirm that a preschool-aged child in southern Colorado has died of flu," CDPHE wrote in a statement. "The death is the second pediatric flu death in Colorado this season. The department does not have any records that show whether the child was vaccinated against influenza."
Here's more on the story and whether Facebook should be more responsible.
It's terrible when anybody dies from the flu, but when it's a child it feels particularly devastating. This case once again makes you wonder how much responsibility Facebook has to stop the spread of misinformation. Sure, the social media giant doesn't want to be a censor, but at some point, it needs to realize that it is not the world wide web where anyone can buy a domain and post about any nonsense they want. This is Facebook's platform and it has a responsibility to weed out the nonsense.