NC baby fights for life after contracting H1N1 virus

NC baby fights for life after contracting H1N1 virus

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - H1N1 is the same virus responsible for the 2009 epidemic that killed tens of thousands of people across the world.

According to the North Carolina DHHS, from Oct. 5, 2013 to Feb. 8, 2014, there have been 165 confirmed cases of H1N1 in the state.

The latest to contract the airborne virus is an 8-month-old child from Cary named Deklan Galvanek. He has been fighting for his life ever since he contracted the H1N1 virus last Monday, but is now in more stable condition.

Evan and Jenna Galvanek are his parents and say their 8-month-old boy was the picture of health until last Monday. At first they thought he had symptoms of the common cold but within 24 hours it was clear it was something more serious.

"Suddenly we started noticing a change in his color. His face was a little bit white, his lips were blue, and most noticeable was his rapid breathing" said father Evan Galvanek.

Little over a week later test results showed that Deklan tested positive for H1N1.

His UNC physicians say Deklan was between life and death but now he has stabilized.

"He's really a tough little chap. He responded to treatments and his heart function is now much improved as to what it was five days ago" said UNC's Dr. Umesh Joashi.

Deklan's parents don't know how he contracted the virus, but they have a theory.

"I have a suspicion that it might be from going to the doctor's office where people typically might have H1N1 probably."

Little Deklan is now finally making a steady recovery. Doctors say he should be out of the hospital in one to two weeks.

The family is overwhelmed with the medical expenses as a result of Deklan's hospital stay. To find out how you can help go to a website setup to help.

To learn more about the family you can go to their Facebook page.

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