First American to Die from Swine Flu Was Healthy, Husband Says
May 19, 2009 - 3:04 PMThe husband of the first American with swine flu to die denies reports that she had a pre-existing medical condition.
Steven Trunnell told CNN's "Larry King Live" Monday night that Judy Trunnell was "a healthy pregnant woman" who had never been diagnosed with "major medical complications of any kind."
Judy Trunnell went into the hospital April 19 and remained there until her death May 5. While in the hospital she slipped into a coma and gave birth to a healthy baby girl, delivered by Cesarean section.
A state health department spokeswoman said after her death that the South Texas schoolteacher had "chronic underlying health conditions" but wouldn't give details. Steven Trunnell calls that "absolutely false."
A CDC report released this month by the New England Journal of Medicine said Trunnell had asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, a skin condition.
A state health department spokesman didn't immediately return a phone call early Tuesday.
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