Leon Burns spent his Christmas having fun, dancing with his wife and kids, but no one could have guessed that he’d be gone in a matter of weeks.
“The last conversation we had was when I was taking him to the hospital, and he was saying, ‘I wouldn’t wish this on anything. I don’t know what’s wrong with me,’” Tanisha, Leon’s wife, said.
Burns, 38, worked as a warehouse man, was in great shape to begin with and on top of that, he loved to work out. He especially liked it when he could get one of his seven kids to join him.
“I would just chill, watch TV, and he’d go, ‘Hey, it’s 6 o’clock. time to work out. Thirty push-ups,’” one of Leon’s sons, Kida, said.
When Burns first started feeling sick, he didn’t think much of it. But he got worse and worse, eventually landing in a hospital emergency room, and from there to an intensive care unit. Doctors told his family it was the H1N1 strain of the flu.
It filled his lungs with fluid and shut his kidneys down and in the end, a man in prime physical condition, in the prime of his life, couldn’t hold on.
“Now, I’m just terrified. I feel like we can going get fresh air anymore. It’s like, what’s in the air?” Tanisha said.
Doctors told Tanisha to get flu shots for all the kids. They told her it probably would not have been prevented Leon from getting sick, but it might have made the illness less severe, and maybe even saved his life.
Burns’ family has started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for his funeral. Click here if you’d wish to contribute.