Naples girl, 11, dies from flu complications
Ontario County, N.Y. (WHAM) - An 11-year-old child from Naples, Ontario County has died of complications from the flu, according to her family's friend and pastor. This is the first pediatric death related to the flu in a decade in Ontario County, according to the Ontario County Health Director.
The state health department confirms this is the fifth child statewide to die of flu complications.
Family friends and a church pastor tell 13WHAM News that 11-year-old Madeline Barton hadn't felt well, so her father took her to the doctor Monday and she was treated for an ear infection. Her condition worsened that night and she was rushed to the hospital. She died Wednesday night at Strong Memorial Hospital. Pastor Linda Shevlin told 13WHAM News Maddie died of influenza A and encephalitis.
On Thursday morning, the Naples Central School District released a statement, mourning the sudden loss of a sixth grade student.
The statement reads:
Dear Naples Family: It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today. We recently learned that one of our Elementary School students passed away on Wednesday, February 08, 2017. During this time of sadness, we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the student, and we focus on wrapping our entire school community in support.
This tragedy has affected all of us at NCS, and we know that the grief accompanying such news will take time to process. Because students react to grief in many different ways, we wanted you to know that we have brought together our school counselors and psychologists from both buildings so that they can be available for students and staff. In addition, our colleagues from surrounding districts have called to offer their support, and we will not hesitate to ask them for help if we can use additional assistance.
While our staff members will share the news with students in developmentally appropriate ways, we would also ask that you listen carefully to your child and help them through their reactions and feelings regarding this tragedy. I have provided a resource (click HERE) that you may find helpful as you support your child during the grieving process, and I would encourage you to contact an NCS administrator, nurse, counselor, or psychologist if they can be off assistance.
We are all hurting right now. However, we are part of a school community that does whatever it can to help ensure the physical and emotional well-being of students. We ask that you keep the student’s family in your thoughts and prayers, and that you join us in supporting one another in the days and weeks ahead.
Sincerely, Matt Frahm, Superintendent
As of Wednesday afternoon, Monroe County confirmed three adults had died from the flu.
Family members will remember Maddie at services later this week and will hold a parade and Mardi Gras celebration on March 2nd, which would've been Maddie's 12th birthday. They are asking everyone to wear blue; it was the 11 year old's favorite color. Family members tell us Maddie loved to have fun and they will celebrate her life.
They are also asking people wear clothes, bows, or hang flags to honor and remember Madeline. A GoFundMe page has been started on her behalf, as well.