|By Jessica Jaganathan|
A second H1N1 patient in Singapore – a 13-year-old boy – has died from complications. –ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
TWO more H1N1 patients with underlying conditions died on Wednesday, bringing the number of deaths in Singapore to three in less than a week.
One of them is a 13-year-old boy, who suffered from epilepsy. He died from prolonged seizures in which H1N1 was a contributing factor, said a Ministry of Health statement.
He was admitted to National University Hospital on Sunday after coming down with a fever and cough. His heart and respiratory functions stopped at the hospital’s emergency department and he was later transferred to the paediatric intensive care unit.
The other victim is a 55-year-old who suffered from motor neuron disease and had been in the intensive care unit since last Saturday. He died from severe pneumonia with advanced motor neuron disease and H1N1.
The man sought medical treatment at CGH’s Emergency Department last Saturday after two days of fever and breathlessness. He suffered cardiac arrest at the Emergency Department on Saturday and was admitted to the hospital’s ICU. Laboratory tests confirmed that he was infected with H1N1.
The first H1N1-related death was a 49-year-old man with heart problems. He died at the CGH last Saturday. The Health Ministry said the man, who had multiple health problems, died of a heart attack contributed by severe pneumonia and the H1N1 infection.
Prior to the flu virus infection, he was already suffering from diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
MOH said another H1N1 patient is in critical condition at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The 42-year-old female foreigner, with a history of hypertension and who is overweight, sought treatment at TTSH’s Emergency Department on Wednesday, after suffering from shortness of breath for three days.
She was found to have low oxygen saturation and low blood pressure. She was tested positive for H1N1 and is currently on a ventilator.
An earlier patient, a 42-year-old woman with co-morbidities (hypertension, thyroid disease) who was admitted to CGH’s ICU last Saturday, remains in critical condition.
Over at the Mount Elizabeth’s ICU, a 46-year-old female foreigner with hypertension and kidney disease on dialysis and infected with H1N1, is currently in stable condition.