Family says 12-year-old girl died after being misdiagnosed with the flu

Keila Lino Alcaraz(VISALIA, Calif.) — A seemingly vibrant 12-year-old California girl, who loved to sing and make her family laugh, suddenly died after her mother said doctors misdiagnosed an infection that kills more than 250,000 Americans annually as the flu.

Alyssa Alcaraz died on Dec. 17 at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California, just days after her family was told she had influenza and was sent home with ibuprofen and instructions to rest for seven to 10 days, said the girl’s mother, Keila Lino Alcaraz.

“For her, it wasn’t even [the flu]. It was just three days and she was dead,” …read more


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