A YOUNG boy has been left with permanent deafness after suffering complications from the flu.

Kynan, 7, from Glenore Grove in the Lockyer Valley, has been in Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for about three weeks after being struck down with influenza A.

He suffered a string of other illnesses including sepsis, meningitis, sinusitis and a blood clot on his brain.

Mum, Michelle Meara-Fletcher, said that at the height of his illness, her son spent at least four days in intensive care, but was recovering well now.

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Kynan underwent surgery for cochlear implants because the meningitis has rendered the seven-year-old permanently deaf.

Mrs Meara-Fletcher said the family-of-five were saddened Kynan had lost his hearing, but were grateful he was now recovering well.

“All I could think of was, he is not going to hear me say, ‘I love you’ because we are a very kissy, cuddly, affectionate family,” she said.

In a similar case QLD Parents are determined to raise more awareness for sepsis after their teenage son sadly died three weeks after he suffered flu like symptoms.

Worst flu season ever

Sadly an eight-year-old girl died as a result of the flu. Her family is urging parents to get their kids immunised against the flu!

In another case a young mum is fighting for life in an induced coma, after contracting the flu while pregnant. She has no idea her baby boy has been born

An Adelaide mother has also pleaded with parents to ensure their children get a flu shot after her daughter nearly died from influenza, reports 9 news.

In another sad case a young Victorian dad passed away suddenly from the flu on what was supposed to be his first Father’s Day.

Authorities are now urging those who haven’t had a flu shot to get one, even though it is late in the season. And they advise people to be vigilant about washing their hands, to avoid spreading the virus.

Find out how you can support the family here.

Flu symptoms can be similar to those of a cold, although they tend to be more severe.

Symptoms can include:
dry, hacking cough
moderate-to-high fever (although not everyone with the flu will run a fever)
sore throat
shaking chills
severe muscle or body aches
stuffy and runny nose
profound fatigue (may last up to two weeks)

Colds come on gradually over a few days and are often milder than the flu. They usually get better in 7 to 10 days, although symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks.

Flu symptoms come on quickly and can be severe. They usually last 1 to 2 weeks.

Use your symptoms as a guide to figure out which condition you have. If you think you might have the flu, see your doctor to get tested within the first 48 hours of showing symptoms.

Contact your doctor right away if your symptoms do not improve or if they become severe.

Call a doctor right away if a child develops the following symptoms:
trouble breathing
extreme fatigue
refusing to eat or drink
trouble waking up or interacting

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  • My son has cochlear implants – it seems strange they’d do the operation while he’s still so unwell.


  • There are so many horrible flu stories coming out this year.


  • This flu season has been very severe ! Scary how it is able to take such young lives !!
    Sorry to hear young Kynan lost his hearing permanently, but with sepsis, meningitis, sinusitis and a blood clot on his brain we can say that he’s is lucky to be alive !
    Hope Kynan learns to cope with the cochlear implants. Glad he lives in a kissy, cuddly, affectionate family. When he wouldn’t be able to hear the words “I love you”, I’m sure he would be able to feel and experience those words ! Xx


  • This tear has been a terrible case of illness concerning the flu.


  • that is sad but at least he made it through and they still get to hold him. maybe doctors can help him hear again in the future with all the medical developments


  • oh my goodness that poor boy :( and his family – it is so saddening to read all these deaths of children from the flu – my girls will be getting flu shots from now on – thank you for raising the aware ness with this article


  • Another tragically sad case brought about by this awful flu season – so pleased he is recovering well – could have been an even more terrible outcome.


  • The flu has been terrible this year. So many sad news!! :-(

    • It has been a terrible season and the reading and news reports on the flu vaccine for this season has been interesting.


  • Poor boy – the flu is quite terrible this season.


  • Oh my…another terrible flu story. This has been a horrific year for the flu.
    Wishing Kynan a speedly recovery and wishing him all the very best.


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