Girl in Samoa dies from typhoid and dengue fever
Apia, SAMOA — A 14-year-old girl has died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua from typhoid and dengue fever.
A representative of the deceased’s family, Leota Faaui Mika Samuelu, confirmed the death and indicated that the doctors advised the family that she died due to typhoid and dengue fever which caused the failure of her vital organs — her kidneys, lungs and liver.
Speaking in an interview with the Samoa Observer, he said his niece was admitted to the hospital last Friday and passed on at around 6.00am yesterday.
“She was in the intensive care unit due to her severe condition, at first we were told by the doctors to put our trust on them and so we did, along with prayers and faith in God.
“We were told that they conducted blood tests that were sent overseas but up till now there have been no results.
“The doctor told us, my niece could no longer have the ability to control her breathing and needs the oxygen machine to help her breathe,” he said.
Leota said the diagnosis by the hospital staff was that a virus had infected her blood system.
Dr. Tagaloa Robert Thomsen, the A.C.E.O. of Health Service Performance and Quality Assurance – Medical and Allied Division, told the Samoa Observer that there are three cases of typhoid — which are more related to diarrheal conditions — and he will get back to this newspaper with more information on the death of the girl.