Family dealing with H1N1, but they're 'not alone' with community's support

the sweeneys

Left: The Sweeney family — including, from left, Jared; Aleksander, 2, and Crystal — seeks prayers and donations for medical expenses. Crystal, 26, is recovering from H1N1 influenza and pneumonia after giving birth to newborn Lainee. Right: Doctors prematurely delivered Lainee Sweeney — pictured resting in an incubator at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola —by cesarean section last month due to her mother's H1N1 influenza and pneumonia diagnosis.

Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 03:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Julie Kurkowski encourages North Okaloosa residents to get annual flu shots. 

Crystal Sweeney, her daughter-in-law, who didn't get a vaccination, is recovering after battling H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, and pneumonia.

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The 26-year-old is breathing through a ventilation unit while sedated, Jared Sweeney, said. 

Crystal was 29 weeks pregnant with newborn Lainee when she was diagnosed with H1N1, family members said. Doctors performed a cesarean section because of the mother's health.

Lainee is doing better than expected for a preemie; "she is doing fantastically well," Jared said.

The baby is now at a healthy weight and is "just fine," Kurkowski said.

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