Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Swine Flu Death -- Underlying Medical Conditions?

Check out this video. It is an interview Larry King did with the husband of one of the first people to die of swine flu in the US. This is not the first media report I have seen about this woman. Aside from the lawsuit issue, what is key here is the issue of "underlying medical conditions." Most media reports I have seen used this turn of phrase -- She died because of an "underlying medical condition." So what are we supposed to take from that? Oh, well, she would have died anyway? We don't have to worry about ourselves, because obviously she was at risk because of an "underlying medical condition"?

Here's her "underlying medical condition." She was pregnant. An emergency Cesarean section was performed in order to save her baby.

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