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Flu stricken woman on road to recovery

You may recall a story Castanet brought you a few weeks ago concerning a Kelowna woman fighting for her life after contracting the H1N1 flu strain.

Good news - the woman, who we will not identify for privacy reasons, is out of an induced coma and on the road to recovery.

According to her husband, she was recently transferred from the Critical Care Unit to rehab where she will undergo occupational therapy.

"She will be given simple tasks to assess where she can drive and function, as well as physical rehab," he says.

"She is just starting to put some steps together. It has been quite an ordeal for her."

The rehabilitation is necessary partly due to the H1N1 strain of flu which reduced her lung capacity to a mere 10 per cent and due to the affects from the induced coma.

"When she was put on life support - she was in an induced coma for 11 days - they just don't know how much, if any, brain function was impaired. It apparently is not uncommon for patients who have been in this comatose situation to have their cognitive abilities at least initially impaired."

He says at one point during the ordeal her kidneys almost shut down prompting doctors to contemplate dialysis.

Doctors have told him she is a little behind the curve as to where they would like her to be at this point in her recovery, however, he says he has noticed some mental function at a higher level than it was three days ago.

He says she is improving and on the path to recovery.

"It's about bringing the mental and physical aspects to bear so she can st least come home and enjoy some sort of quality of life until she is ready to come back to work."

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