Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett was a bright, creative, and unique young person who at the age of 17 embodied the potential of youth. Sadly, her future was to disappear with her sudden death in January 2011.
Only days after celebrating Christmas in 2010, Olivia began to feel unwell and was eventually confined to bed with what appeared to be a severe cold or flu. Her condition grew rapidly worse and she began to develop a pervasive rash and complained of difficulty in breathing. Her mother decided to take her to the Accident & Emergency department at the local hospital. This was at the height of the flu epidemic of 2010/2011 and Olivia’s symptoms were quickly assessed to be another case of seasonal flu. She was immediately dismissed, receiving no treatment, and with the standard advice to rest and take plenty of fluids.
Less than three days later Olivia was being rushed back to hospital by ambulance. Her symptoms – high temperature, rash, massively increased heart rate and breathing – were quickly recognised as being something more than flu. Within hours she was in ITU and eventually suffered heart failure during the early hours of 2nd January 2011. The post mortem revealed that Olivia did indeed have H1N1 influenza but she had also developed a concurrent Group A Streptococcal infection which had resulted in severe sepsis