Mum collapsed when daughter Katie died

Katie Kozlowska died of pneumonia in Southend Hospital

Katie Kozlowska died of pneumonia in Southend Hospital

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A BRIDE-TO-BE died two days after she was supposed to be married after contracting pneumonia in both lungs.

Katie Kozlowska, from Rayleigh, was 26 when she died in intensive care at Southend Hospital, after her health rapidly deteriorated over the course of just a month.

At one point during her treatment, doctors considered her body so weak, they put her in a medically-induced coma, but, despite this, unrepairable holes started to appear in her lungs and her organs began shutting down.

Her mother, Jean Barker, has written a book about Katie’s death. In it she recalls how, just after dawn on January 28, 2011, she was called to the hospital urgently, only to find her daughter was already dead.

“I collapsed on to the floor,” she wrote. “I refused to let her go. I didn’t want to leave her side.”

Doctors believed Miss Kozlowska had contracted pneumonia as a result of swine flu, which is believed to have infected 10 to 20 per cent of the world population between 2009 and 2010, killing more than 18,000 people.

Miss Kozlowska had got engaged to her partner of a year just weeks before being rushed to hospital but, even as she was breaking the news to her mother during a Christmas stay at her home in Derbyshire, her health was already deteriorating.

Miss Barker described how she began coughing and spluttering and “looked shocking”, but a doctor had told her she had nothing worse than common flu.

Despite being asked to stay longer, Miss Kozlowska decided to go home, but it wasn’t long after Christmas Miss Barker was given the news her daughter had been rushed to hospital.

By the time she arrived, however, Miss Kozlowska was receiving oxygen in the high-dependency unit and was suspected to be suffering from swine flu.

Although her death certificate recorded pneumonia as the cause of death, doctors believed she had been weakened by swine flu, allowing infections to appear in her lungs. Miss Barker’s book, the Angel Whispered, is available on Amazon.

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9:12am Thu 14 Aug 14

rayleigh123 says...

which is believed to have infected 10 to 20 per cent of the world population between 2009 and 2010, killing more than 18,000 people.


The earth population is roughly 7 billion -- 20 % would equal 1.4 billion people with swine fever - IS THIS CORRECT ????
which is believed to have infected 10 to 20 per cent of the world population between 2009 and 2010, killing more than 18,000 people. The earth population is roughly 7 billion -- 20 % would equal 1.4 billion people with swine fever - IS THIS CORRECT ???? rayleigh123
  • Score: 12

10:27am Thu 14 Aug 14

JonMuso says...

Terrible thing to happen. However this is an advert for the book right?!
Terrible thing to happen. However this is an advert for the book right?! JonMuso
  • Score: 11

10:39am Thu 14 Aug 14

Chris Flunk says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
which is believed to have infected 10 to 20 per cent of the world population between 2009 and 2010, killing more than 18,000 people.


The earth population is roughly 7 billion -- 20 % would equal 1.4 billion people with swine fever - IS THIS CORRECT ????
Yes, although it was Swine Flu and not swine fever. That is why it was declared a pandemic. The latest research indicates a global infection rate between 11 - 21% (this is actually lower than was expected) and between 280,000 - 580,000 fatalities. The figure of 18,000 fatalities only accounts for cases where the cause was confirmed by laboratory testing.

Anyway, my condolences to Miss Barker and I hope the book does well.
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: which is believed to have infected 10 to 20 per cent of the world population between 2009 and 2010, killing more than 18,000 people. The earth population is roughly 7 billion -- 20 % would equal 1.4 billion people with swine fever - IS THIS CORRECT ????[/p][/quote]Yes, although it was Swine Flu and not swine fever. That is why it was declared a pandemic. The latest research indicates a global infection rate between 11 - 21% (this is actually lower than was expected) and between 280,000 - 580,000 fatalities. The figure of 18,000 fatalities only accounts for cases where the cause was confirmed by laboratory testing. Anyway, my condolences to Miss Barker and I hope the book does well. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 10

4:21pm Thu 14 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Free advertising?
Free advertising? runwellian
  • Score: 10

7:26pm Thu 14 Aug 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

A eye catching headline and read on for a sad story until you reach the final sentence about buying the book on amazon.
A eye catching headline and read on for a sad story until you reach the final sentence about buying the book on amazon. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 7

9:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Mikkel1 says...

I sympathise with this lady, as I lost my last wife just 8 days after we were wed, and worst of all, just under 36 hours after being told she had Cancer. I too am putting a book together, but in Loving Memory of her poetry, raising funds for charities.
I sympathise with this lady, as I lost my last wife just 8 days after we were wed, and worst of all, just under 36 hours after being told she had Cancer. I too am putting a book together, but in Loving Memory of her poetry, raising funds for charities. Mikkel1
  • Score: 24

12:12am Fri 15 Aug 14

MJSMITH says...

GP's especially need more training in recognising when things more serious. I had pneumonia, on both lungs plus pleural effusion and other complications, for two months before going to A and E and caught just in time. was told inflammatory markers were over 300 (should be zero)I could have died. I had been to my GP 3 times and each time told, its just flu. With all the autoimmune conditions plus fibromyalgia, which I have, even 'just flu' can be fatal.
GP's especially need more training in recognising when things more serious. I had pneumonia, on both lungs plus pleural effusion and other complications, for two months before going to A and E and caught just in time. was told inflammatory markers were over 300 (should be zero)I could have died. I had been to my GP 3 times and each time told, its just flu. With all the autoimmune conditions plus fibromyalgia, which I have, even 'just flu' can be fatal. MJSMITH
  • Score: 21

1:04am Fri 15 Aug 14

heartbeat says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
A eye catching headline and read on for a sad story until you reach the final sentence about buying the book on amazon.
I expect this poor lady has written the book about her daughter's untimely death as a cathartic way to deal with the awful events, as well as to alert others to how illness can take a traumatic turn. Yes it's an advertisement at the end, but how else is anyone expected to know about the book? I'm sure it would have been written with the best of intentions, not in the hope of becoming a financial "best seller"!

Best of luck with the book, I hope it reaches some of the people it was intended for and helps bring closure to the people directly affected by this sad death.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: A eye catching headline and read on for a sad story until you reach the final sentence about buying the book on amazon.[/p][/quote]I expect this poor lady has written the book about her daughter's untimely death as a cathartic way to deal with the awful events, as well as to alert others to how illness can take a traumatic turn. Yes it's an advertisement at the end, but how else is anyone expected to know about the book? I'm sure it would have been written with the best of intentions, not in the hope of becoming a financial "best seller"! Best of luck with the book, I hope it reaches some of the people it was intended for and helps bring closure to the people directly affected by this sad death. heartbeat
  • Score: 24

9:47am Fri 15 Aug 14

Pandemic 2013 says...

this is indeed tragic. However Pneumonia is well known as a gentle death - the disintegration of the lungs and the suddenness and severity of the symptoms described sounds more like a cytokine storm. This is a well-known, though thankfully infrequent, complication of H1N1 'Swine 'Flu' where the virus has substituted the D222G gene after infection in some people which triggers a huge immune response that destroys the body. It is not the virus but the body itself which does this. For those interested research on the 2009 fatalities identified this. H1N1 has not finished with us yet I fear...
this is indeed tragic. However Pneumonia is well known as a gentle death - the disintegration of the lungs and the suddenness and severity of the symptoms described sounds more like a cytokine storm. This is a well-known, though thankfully infrequent, complication of H1N1 'Swine 'Flu' where the virus has substituted the D222G gene after infection in some people which triggers a huge immune response that destroys the body. It is not the virus but the body itself which does this. For those interested research on the 2009 fatalities identified this. H1N1 has not finished with us yet I fear... Pandemic 2013
  • Score: 21

10:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Yes should not have mentioned "THE BOOK" very sad case though
Yes should not have mentioned "THE BOOK" very sad case though CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -14

10:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Pandemic 2013 wrote:
this is indeed tragic. However Pneumonia is well known as a gentle death - the disintegration of the lungs and the suddenness and severity of the symptoms described sounds more like a cytokine storm. This is a well-known, though thankfully infrequent, complication of H1N1 'Swine 'Flu' where the virus has substituted the D222G gene after infection in some people which triggers a huge immune response that destroys the body. It is not the virus but the body itself which does this. For those interested research on the 2009 fatalities identified this. H1N1 has not finished with us yet I fear...
Oh shut up
[quote][p][bold]Pandemic 2013[/bold] wrote: this is indeed tragic. However Pneumonia is well known as a gentle death - the disintegration of the lungs and the suddenness and severity of the symptoms described sounds more like a cytokine storm. This is a well-known, though thankfully infrequent, complication of H1N1 'Swine 'Flu' where the virus has substituted the D222G gene after infection in some people which triggers a huge immune response that destroys the body. It is not the virus but the body itself which does this. For those interested research on the 2009 fatalities identified this. H1N1 has not finished with us yet I fear...[/p][/quote]Oh shut up CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -12

7:42pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Whoknows7 says...

MJSMITH wrote:
GP's especially need more training in recognising when things more serious. I had pneumonia, on both lungs plus pleural effusion and other complications, for two months before going to A and E and caught just in time. was told inflammatory markers were over 300 (should be zero)I could have died. I had been to my GP 3 times and each time told, its just flu. With all the autoimmune conditions plus fibromyalgia, which I have, even 'just flu' can be fatal.
Not taking the **** or anything, just wondering was your G.P. Dr Pelta at the Queensway surgery by any chance?

I stopped seeing that idiot after he buggered me about one too many times. I'm fackin' glad he's been suspended, about time too.
[quote][p][bold]MJSMITH[/bold] wrote: GP's especially need more training in recognising when things more serious. I had pneumonia, on both lungs plus pleural effusion and other complications, for two months before going to A and E and caught just in time. was told inflammatory markers were over 300 (should be zero)I could have died. I had been to my GP 3 times and each time told, its just flu. With all the autoimmune conditions plus fibromyalgia, which I have, even 'just flu' can be fatal.[/p][/quote]Not taking the **** or anything, just wondering was your G.P. Dr Pelta at the Queensway surgery by any chance? I stopped seeing that idiot after he buggered me about one too many times. I'm fackin' glad he's been suspended, about time too. Whoknows7
  • Score: 6

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