FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WLFI) — An Indiana family is speaking out after a 50-year-old husband and father died of the flu.
Jesse Farias leaves behind two daughters, aged 13 and 9.
He died in a hospital this week after fighting the flu for three weeks.
His illness became more serious after his immune system started attacking his own body.
By the time of his death, he was in total organ failure and had undergone three surgeries.
It's a story his family wants people to know because they believe his death could have been prevented.
"A flu shot, while you still may get the flu, the symptoms won't be severe. I know a lot of people are against it or don't believe in it or don't think it helps but just from what we witnessed. Our family, in the three weeks, everybody has went to get the flu shot," said Jesse's sister Lisa Sanchez.
The family says even if Farias had survived, doctors say he may have had health problems the rest of his life.
They hope this may keep others from taking the flu lightly.