New Mum Dies From Swine Flu Complications

A 32-year-old woman has died following complications with pneumonia after getting treatment for swine flu, two weeks after giving birth to a son.

The family of 32-year-old Sarah Applin from Thurston near Bury St Edmunds are urging pregnant women to go for vaccination.

Staff said Mrs Applin died at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday.

Her parents, Jane and Barry Waterman gave the following statement:

"Our daughter Sarah Applin aged 32 sadly died at West Suffolk hospital on Tuesday 4th January of complications with pneumonia following treatment for swine flu.  Her son, William was delivered by caesarean section on the 22nd December and is doing well in the Special Care Baby Unit.

We, Jane and Barry Waterman and Sarah’s husband Richard, would ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time whilst we come to terms with this tragic event.

We would like to strongly urge any person on the at risk register, especially pregnant woman, to have the flu vaccination."

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