Kyler Baughman, a 21-year-old bodybuilder, died within days of being diagnosed with the flu. Kyler’s family said they were shocked when the healthy, young man passed away. They are warning others about the dangers of influenza after he died of complications from the virus last week at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Kyler’s mom said he was extremely active, often visiting the gym before he became ill.
“He was into physical fitness,” Beverly Baughman told WXPI. “He was going to school to be a personal trainer.”
Kyler became sick when he returned home from work with a mild cough.
“He kinda just laid down and went about his day, and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt,” said his fiancée, Olivia Marcanio.
His health began rapidly declining within 48 hours, according to his family and he was rushed to a Westmoreland County emergency room then airlifted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he died just hours later.
Kyler’s family said the official cause of death was organ failure due to septic shock from the flu.
Kyler’s parents are now urging others to seek medical treatment immediately if they are feeling under the weather.
“Try and know your body; don’t let things go,” Kyler’s dad, Todd Baughman said. “Whenever you have a fever and you have it multiple days, don’t let it go. Get it taken care of.”
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