New mum dies from swine flu; Family left devastated by tragedy.
Jacqui Fleming, 38, of Glasgow, died in hospital yesterday, two weeks after giving birth prematurely.
Her family said in a statement: "Our whole family is absolutely devastated, and we are doing everything we can to support Jacqueline's two sons and her partner." Ms Fleming, who had other underlying health problems, gave birth three months early at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Renfrewshire, two weeks ago.
She lived with her two other children - one aged 18 and one of primary school age - and her long-term partner in the family home in Carnwadric, Glasgow.
It is understood the child, who was born at 29 weeks, does not have swine flu..
In their statement, issued by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the family said: "Jacqueline has been ill in hospital for a number of weeks, but nothing can prepare you for such shattering news, and to that end we would ask the media to respect the privacy of our entire family so that we can grieve in peace." A family friend added: "It is a tragedy. She had an 18-year-old son and a boy of around nine or 10 and a new baby who will grow up without a mother now.
"I think they are taking it really
COMMENT: PAGE 6 badly. She was in hospital for a couple of weeks and there were days she was getting better and days she was taking a turn for the worse.
"They hoped she was going to pull through and it was a shock when she died. The family are really devastated.
"She was a really nice lady, really kind, a quiet woman, just a family person really." The mother, who was in intensive care at the Royal Alexandra, was one of 10 being treated in hospital in Scotland.
It is the first death to be reported outside the Americas, where at least 145 people have died from swine flu.
A school close to Ms Fleming's home in Glasgow was partially closed last week after a child tested positive for swine flu.
Yesterday, a further 61 people in England and 35 people in Scotland were diagnosed with the virus, bringing the UK total to 1,261..
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Jun 15, 2009|
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