Family told pregnant mum, 25, could die from swine flu
A PREGNANT woman is fighting for her life in hospital after contracting swine flu.
Mother-of-four Fallon Devaney, 25, was rushed to the Queen's Medical Centre struggling for breath.
She had been suffering flu symptoms for more than a week and the hospital confirmed she had swine flu.
Miss Devaney, who is five months pregnant with her fifth child, was in intensive care.
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Her mother, Linda Fearney, from Beeston Rylands, has been at her daughter's bedside since she was taken ill on Tuesday.
Ms Fearney said: "She's near to death and it's touch and go. We do not know if she's going to survive."
Friends have set up a Facebook group called 'Get well soon Fallon' as a show of support to her and her family.
Ms Fearney said her daughter recently moved from Beeston to Kirk Hallam, near Ilkeston.
She said Fallon hadn't been vaccinated against swine flu.
"Everyone in the family has gone and had the vaccination since Fallon was taken ill," she said.
The Health Protection Agency has received reports of 17 deaths across the UK relating to influenza in the last three months – 14 were associated with swine flu.
A spokesman for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed Miss Devaney was in a critical condition at the QMC.
Dr Stephen Fowlie, Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We would encourage all people in at-risk groups to have the seasonal flu vaccine, including pregnant women and people over the age of 65. They should contact their GP for more advice."