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El Cajon flu survivor returns home after nightmare flu battle

Posted: 5:47 PM, Feb 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-14 01:47:52Z
Father who survived flu battle returns home
Father who survived flu battle returns home
Father who survived flu battle returns home
Father who survived flu battle returns home

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - A father of four who beat the odds and beat a nightmare flu is back home.

Shawn Burrough, a Navy veteran, started feeling sick just before Christmas. After 10 days and two trips to urgent care, tests revealed type B flu, pneumonia, septic shock and kidney damage, forcing a medically induced coma. As muscles broke down and organs failed, word from doctors was disheartening.  

A few weeks ago, there an astounding turnaround. Shawn was brought out of the coma and is now expected to make a full recovery.

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"Thank God for the man upstairs. He saved me. The doctors said if I had waited another six to eight hours, I probably would have died on the couch," said Burrough.

Burrough is now hoping his story will help others.

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He's urging others to do what he did not: Get a flu shot. His road to recovery is expected to be a long one. Burrough, the sole breadwinner for his family, could be out of work until July.  

A Youcaring campaign has been set up to help the family with expenses.