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Fresno Man Becomes Second H1N1 Death in County

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By: Ashley Ritchie

At the Ramos house in Northwest Fresno, a mother endures the greatest kind of pain.

"I never thought in a million years that I would be in this situation, that I would bury my own son," Jamie Ramos said tearfully.

Ramos' nightmare began 46 days ago.

Her son, 27-year-old, Danny Don Diego complained of difficulty breathing and cold-like-symptoms. Ramos took him to the emergency room where doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and sent him home with antibiotics.

But he was back in the hospital several days later and the diagnosis got worse.

"When they diagnosed him with Swine Flu, they did tell me what he was battling, what the odds were. They gave me a 30-percent from the beginning," Ramos said.

A 30-percent chance of survival, for a man, Ramos says, never in his life got sick.

"My baby was healthy. My baby was strong and I never thought this kind of sickness would take my one and only son. He's all I had," Ramos said.

Family and friends describe the father of three as a gentle giant, who loved the 49ers and taking his kids to the park.

"My baby was 6'3" with a heart of gold. He was there for everyone. He wasn't a selfish man. He gave what he could to his kids," Ramos said.

"He was so gentle. He was never mean. He never did anything mean," Katherine Ramos, Danny's cousin, said.

Danny's family says they have no idea how Danny contracted the H1N1 virus.

He hadn't traveled anywhere and basically went to work in the carpet business every day and came home.

He stayed in a highly sedated condition for 44 days.

And on day 45, he lost his battle.

"I wish I could've had more time with him, with my baby. But he was an angel. And I think that's why they took my baby, because he was an angel," Ramos cried.

After visiting Danny in the hospital, one of his cousin's was also diagnosed with the H1N1 virus.

But he was given Tami flu and recovered quickly.

Fresno County health officials are not commenting on Danny's death, but did release a statement confirming he is, in fact, the second H1N1 death in Fresno County.

Danny Don Diego's funeral is set for Friday at 10:30 in the morning at St. John's Cathedral.

A memorial fund has been set up for him at Educational Employees Credit Union.

The account number is #11663060.

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