Man dies of flu, family says sickness not taken seriously

Jesse Farias with his two daughters

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne man died from the flu and his family is now trying to raise awareness of the sickness’ seriousness.

Jesse Farias died Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

“We’re just kind of in shock that we lost my brother to the flu.” said his sister Lisa Sanchez. “This flu just devastated his body. You don’t think that’s what the flu can do to you, but that’s what it did to your brother. It just wrecked havoc on his body. Things started shutting down and it was really quick.”

Farias was in the intensive care unit of a Parkview hospital until his passing.

Farias’ autoimmune system not only attacked the flu as it was supposed to, but started attacking the the rest of his body, putting him into septic shock.

His kidneys failed, part of his colon died and his liver was shutting down. He got gangrene on both feet and was bleeding internally. Farias had to undergo 3 surgeries in 4 days. By the end, he couldn’t speak and his blood couldn’t clot anymore.

His sister just wishes her brother would’ve gotten the flu shot.

“With a flu shot while you still may get the flu, the symptoms won’t be severe,” she said. “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 in the three weeks, our family, everybody has went to get the flu shot.”

Farias was 50-years-old. He leaves behind a 13-year-old and 9-year-old daughter.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started for Farias’ family.