Mother-of-three marathon runner, 40, dies from flu as epidemic forces California hospitals to turn parking lots into makeshift treatment areas

A mother-of-three marathon runner died of flu just 48 hours after falling ill.

Katie Oxley Thomas, 40, of San Jose, California, was a yoga enthusiast and runner before she died earlier this month.

Her family told ABC 7 she was taken to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital and her condition declined so quickly that she was moved to intensive care, placed on life support and died that same day – all in the span of 15 hours.  

According to Adrienne and Walt Oxley, Thomas’ parents, she had fallen ill 48 hours before her death. The family said they believe Thomas had received a flu shot prior to getting sick.

She is one of 42 people younger than 65 to die in California as hospitals in the state become so overcrowded with patients suffering from the flu that giant camp-like tents are being set up in parking lots.

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