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Flu scare: 'I was so terrified I was going to lose my son,' mother says


A Sheboygan mother, who almost lost her 7-year-old son to influenza, advises parents to be persistent if they think something is wrong with their child.

Doctors diagnosed Cain Wick with influenza B, the secondary strain reported in nearly a quarter of all cases this flu season.

His parents, Zach and Meghann Wick, noticed something was wrong April 30. After two visits to the doctor that week, Cain's condition was not improving. After a third visit to the emergency room, paramedics rushed him to Children's Hospital.

"I feel like if I had waited another hour or two, it would have been fatal," Meghann Wick said.

Doctors put Cain on a ventilator to allow his organs to recover. He was not able to speak and was barely responsive.

"It was a real possibility that we might lose him," Zach Wick said.

After a few dark days, Cain's condition began to improve. On May 9, doctors removed Cain's breathing tube, allowing him to speak on his own for the first time in nearly a week.

"When he looks you in the eyes, it's like the first time he looked at you when he was born. It was so beautiful. Now, it's just every moment is a triumph. It's a victory. It's getting better," Meghann Wick said.

Two children have died from influenza this flu season, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Flu cases peaked in the state at the beginning of February, according to the Wisconsin DHS. Cain's condition shows the virus can still be a threat.

"Keep calling the doctor, keep asking questions. If you feel like your kid is sick, keep taking them in," Meghann Wick said.

As of Wednesday, a fundraising page has raised nearly $8,000 to help with the Wick's medical costs. To donate, click here.

Cain is now recovering and still needs physical therapy. His parents expect him to be in the hospital for at least a few more weeks.

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