Pneumonia can be deadly, local mom says trust your gut

Hillary Clinton’s health has brought up concerns about pneumonia.

While the illness is treatable, pneumonia is also the leading cause of death in Kentucky for people over the age of 65. It’s concerning for children as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says every 20 seconds, a child dies from pneumonia somewhere in the world.

Legacy Grace could have been one of them, but last week her mom, Richilyn Lashay Fox, went with her gut and took the 11-month-old girl to a local emergency room.

"She was in pain from coughing, her back was hurting, her fever was coming back on and off," says Fox.

Legacy was diagnosed with pneumonia in her right lung.

"For me to hear that pneumonia can cause death, for me it’s the most scariest thing that I could imagine," says Fox.

Dr. David Saxon works in Urgent Care at Baptist Health Paducah. He says it can be hard to tell the difference between pneumonia and the common cold. Here’s what you need to look out for: high fever, weakness, fatigue, and painful cough that might feel like bubbles in your chest.

"This is something real, and you need to watch for it and take appropriate precautions," says Saxon.

If you catch it early, Saxon says it can be treated with antibiotics. If not, he says it can be deadly especially in children and older adults.

"Go with your heart and go with your gut and take your child to the emergency room, because one little mess up may lead to death," says Fox.

Richilyn says she’s glad she trusted her gut.

There is a vaccine that can help fight off the most common type of bacterial pneumonia. The CDC suggests getting that if you’re 65 or older.

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