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Kings County Woman Dies From H1N1

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HANFORD, Calif. (KMPH) -

The latest H1N1 flu death in Kings County is a 44–year old woman from Hanford. Debbie Castaneda's family says she was fine and then all of a sudden she was sick and then she passed away.

"My mom was the best mom you could ever ask for. She was always there, she's like your best friend, she was my best friend," says Castaneda's Daughter Sonya Martinez.

Castaneda's family says she was happy and always making people laugh. Then out of nowhere, she couldn't breathe and they called 911.

"I would have never thought my mother. If I could I would trade places," says Castaneda's Daughter Anna Robles.

Castaneda's daughters say their mom was taken to Adventist Health Hospital in Hanford.  They say the doctors told them she had pneumonia and then the next day she was on life support. The sisters say test came back saying their mom had H1N1 and then a few days after that she passed away.

"It was the worst day of my life," says Martinez.

The family does not know if the 44-year old got a flu shot and they wonder if she did if her death could have been avoided.

"It's just best if everybody goes and  gets their flu shots before anybody else has to go through what my family is going through now," says Martinez.

The family did get flu shots as a precaution, because they were with their mother in the hospital.

If you would like to help Castaneda's family pay for her funeral click here. The family is also having a carwash on Saturday, January 18th from 10am until 4pm. It will be near the McDonald's on Whitley Avenue in Corcoran.

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