Alani Murrieta, a mother of 2-year-old and 6-month children, came home on 26 November, having been not feeling well and leaving her work. The next day she went to emergency care and was diagnosed with influenza.
According to Murrieta's aunt, Stephanie Gonzales, she went home with "flu meds".
Her illness worsened and she was brought to the hospital on 28 November. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and connected to a ventilator, but she did not recover.
“They were trying to resuscitate her, and they tried for several minutes and they told my sister there was nothing else they could do, that she was gone,” Gonzales said.
According to Gonzales, Murrieta has no previous medical condition, influenza has simply turned into pneumonia. She added that her niece never received a flu shot.
“Our family is devastated that she is gone,” Gonzales wrote in a GoFundMe campaign to pay for funeral expenses. “We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and kind words. Words can’t express our gratitude for the help we have received.”