(CBS4) – It’s been an especially rough flu season in Colorado and now influenza has killed a 4-year-old Pueblo boy. It’s the second pediatric death in our state this season.

Najee (credit: CBS)

Officials with Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment say the boy died this week.

His mother, who asked not to be identified, told CBS4 sister station KKTV in Colorado Springs her son started showing symptoms on Sunday. She said his name is Najee and it’s if not known if he was vaccinated for the flu.

“I’m hurting so bad right now and so is his dad and his brothers. Our whole family is hurting. And it’s like we feel like we failed because we did what we had to do. We called the doctors. We called the hospital. We gave them the medicine we were instructed to give. We did everything,” she said in an interview over the phone.

One of her other sons recently tested positive for the flu as well.

A GoFundMe page was set up to cover medical expenses incurred when Najee was in the hospital.

The flu has hospitalized 1,735 people in Colorado so far this season. There were 127 hospitalizations last week.

Comments (12)
  1. Paul says:

    Wow. Blaming the mother for this whole thing.

    O.K. 1) Did she get her child vaccinated? Who knows? The reality is it doesn’t matter. This year, the flu vaccine is only 27% effective.
    2) Did she give Tamiflu? Who knows? The reality is it doesn’t matter. Tamiflu works only on the flu, only partially and doesn’t guarantee results. On the other hand, Tamiflu does NOTHING for the co-morbid factors. If the child got ANY other illness from the infection, the chances of death with only Tamiflu is high.

    The woman lost her child. Have some humanity. Stop calling in death threats, and stop blaming her. Even if she washed her child with some voodoo powder she was sold on the street corner, she was trying.

  2. Wendy Gray says:

    You really need to update this story to include the fact that the mother’s story changed quite a bit after this poor boy passed away.
    She specifically said she did NOT pick up the prescription from the doctor, choosing instead to use vegetables and oils on her ill children.
    Screen shots of the posts are available, and likely unredacted for press such as yourself. CBS News links to some of those very same screen shots that your CBS local failed to acknowledge.
    Do you believe it’s more likely that she lied in Facebook posts prior to his death that have since been removed yet still exist, or in a news story after the boy’s death?

  3. Skippy says:

    Congrats, anti-vaxxers. You killed another child.

  4. Tish says:

    Failed… Your child died from a disease that there was an inoculation available to prevent or significantly reduce the impact of. You failed to get your child inoculated because of your personal belief that it was not needed or the treatment was more dangerous than the disease.
    But you have the personal comfort of holding firm to your unfounded convictions.

  5. bladymamut says:

    Did you know? “Recent studies of medical errors have estimated errors may account for as many as 251,000 deaths annually in the United States (U.S)., making medical errors the third leading cause of death. Error rates are significantly higher in the U.S. than in other developed countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom (U.K). At the same time less than 10 percent of medical errors are reported. This study describes the results of an investigation of the effectiveness of the implementation of the MEDMARX Medication Error Reporting system in 25 hospitals in Pennsylvania. Data were collected on 17,000 errors reported by participating hospitals over a 12-month period. Latent growth curve analysis revealed that reporting of errors by health care providers increased significantly over the four quarters. At the same time, the proportion of corrective actions taken by the hospitals remained relatively constant over the 12 months. A simulation model was constructed to examine the effect of potential organizational changes resulting from error reporting. Four interventions were simulated. The results suggest that improving patient safety requires more than voluntary reporting. Organizational changes need to be implemented and institutionalized as well.” – Your Health Care May Kill You: Medical Errors. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28186008/

  6. Theresa says:

    Here is my problem with all of this. This would be the first time I have heard of a precious child that has died and people searching out the families Facebook page? How did they know to look there? How did they know the Mom had a Facebook page? This sounds staged. I wouldn’t be surprised if this tragedy happened and someone lied to pin it on an anti-vax community of people. So what if they choose to look for natural remedies. You can literally Google natural remedies for almost anything. How do they know the Mom didn’t follow through? Were they at her house? I have said I was going to do one thing and did the other at the last minute. How do people know her intimate details? What is tragic is a precious little boy is gone, and his family is mourning. My goodness, show some compassion people. This is a tragedy. No one knows how anyone will react to the flu virus. Each body is different. One person’s symptoms will not be the others, one person’s working remedy will not be the others. Let’s start lifting these poor families up instead of tearing them down and judging them because that is what is really happening here and that is just so sad. My condolences to the family! My God give them peace during this terrible time!

  7. Jeff says:

    Follow your own link Victoria. This story is fake and the child did not die. This entire event it fake. Retract the story CBS.. instead my comments will be deleted.

  8. Victoria says:

    Are you guys aware that the mother lied about listening to the doctors? She treated them with natural remedies and did not give tamiflu as a preventative measure like the doctor recommended.


    1. Victoria says:

      Oh, and he was NOT vaccinated.

  9. Erin K Costello says:

    The mom made Facebook posts and comments admitting to not picking up the medicine she was prescribed for all the kids, and saying she will not give that stuff (tamiflu) to her kids. So either she lied there or she’s lying here. Either way I don’t think she should be attacked for what happened. I can only imagine how painful this is for the whole family. My only concerns with being honest about what happened are due to the effect the truth could have on the choices other parents make in the future regarding their kids. If the mom refused to give her child tamiflu that the dr prescribed, then being honest about this might help save another child’s life in the future. If she’s now lying about giving him medicine when she didn’t give it to him then this lie could influence another parent to deny this medicine for their child in the future.

    1. bladymamut says:

      Lets qoute something: “Putting the evidence together, it has found that Tamiflu has little or no impact on complications of flu infection, such as pneumonia.
      That is a scandal because the UK government spent £0.5bn stockpiling this drug in the hope that it would help prevent serious side-effects from flu infection. But the bigger scandal is that Roche broke no law by withholding vital information on how well its drug works. In fact, the methods and results of clinical trials on the drugs we use today are still routinely and legally being withheld from doctors, researchers and patients. It is simple bad luck for Roche that Tamiflu became, arbitrarily, the poster child for the missing-data story.” – What the Tamiflu saga tells us about drug trials and big pharma https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/10/tamiflu-saga-drug-trials-big-pharma

      1. Dawn Martin says:

        The mother even denied her kids children’s aspirin for their fevers, according to her own Facebook posts. Stop defending this woman! She’s had multiple GoFundMe campaigns shut down for trying to profit from her son’s death and lying about the facts surrounding his death.

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