Woman dies from flu complications after hospital sent her home

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 11:53:40-05

PORTLAND, OR (KOIN/CNN) - Tandy Harmon was healthy, working regular shifts and planning her co-worker's wedding when she got sick.

Harmon went to the hospital after the mother of two started experiencing flu-like symptoms, but she was sent home to get rest.

"Apparently, they didn't run any tests and they told her she had symptoms of the flu,” Harmon’s boyfriend Steve Lundin said. “And told her to go home and relax and drink a lot of fluids."

Lundin said, once he got off work Harmon’s condition was declining.

"You can hear the chest cough, just growling every time she coughs," Lundin said. "It looked like she was in panic mode, she couldn't breathe."

Lundin took her back to the hospital early the next morning and assumed that she would be safe there.

“The next thing you know, organs are failing, liver, now the heart is not pumping enough blood through the whole body." Lundin said.

Tubes were used to circulate Harmon’s blood.

"She passed once or twice, and they brought her back and revived her and they kept trying, Lundin said."

Despite the intensive care, Harmon died.

Harmon’s family says, if you have serious flu symptoms get checked early and don't take loved ones for granted.

A fundraiser has been planned for Feb. 10 for Harmon’s children at Bradford’s sports lounge where Harmon worked.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Harmon’s children and their grandmother who is caring for them.

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