Friday, September 25, 2009

Coroner awaiting details from teen's autopsy

The Crittenden County Coroner's office is awaiting autopsy results from the Caldwell County teen who died  this week at Crittenden Hospital. 

Gabrielle Wilson, 13, died just after 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 after being admitted with flu-like symptoms.

Deputy Coroner Bill Myers said the girl had been seen at Family Practice Care, a clinic in Fredonia, where health professionals told her family to take her to the hospital immediately. The nearest hospital was in Marion.

"When she got to Marion, they called Norton's Children's Hospital and they flew down here, but by the time they got here she had passed away," Myers said.

Based on information he received from the hospital and family members, Myers learned that Wilson had been seen at Caldwell County Hospital on Sept. 18 or Sept. 19. 

The deputy coroner says the fact that the girl had flu-like symptoms has increased concern over the swine flu.

Wilson, an African American, was a student at Caldwell County Middle School.

Myers said the Kentucky Department of Health contacted him Thursday seeking information regarding the teen's death.