Yael Elizabeth Good was taken to an emergency room on January 6 with flu symptoms and was later transferred to an ICU
A young woman from Texas has died after catching the flu before returning from a trip abroad.
Yael Elizabeth Good, 20, from Crosby, near Houston, was admitted into the emergency room after returning from a trip to Israel.
'Within a very short time, both her heart and her lungs stopped functioning and she was immediately put on life support,' a donation page said.
Doctors had had initially hoped that installing a pacemaker could help her heart to restart itself but realized the swelling was just too much for it to be able to make a difference.
Over the next nine days, Good's organs began to fail and her brain also started to swell.
The family of a 20-year-old Texas are distraught after their daughter died from flu. Yael Good is pictured with her mom and dad, Debra and Joseph Good
Good suffered a heart attack the day after she was admitted into hospital and her organs failed soon afterwards. She is pictured here with dad, Joseph
Her family decided to switch off her life support on January 16.
'Yael's wish was that everyone would do good deeds for others,' an obituary said.
'She was a bright light in the lives of all who knew and loved her, and she will be greatly missed.'
This year has seen a very active flu season begin earlier than usual.
'What we're seeing this year is a predominance early in the season of influenza Type B, which is unusual,' said Dr. Catherine Troisi with UT Health said to ABC13.
'Influenza Type B can often be more serious in children and young adults who may not have been exposed to it previously. Most people don't die from the flu,' she said.
At least 13 million people have been diagnosed with fly so far this season.
Experts say that even those who may have already had it once this year could be at risk of contracting it for a second time as another strain gains traction across the country according to Fox News.
'Yael's wish was that everyone would do good deeds for others,' an obituary said. 'She was a bright light in the lives of all who knew and loved her, and she will be greatly missed.'