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West Virginia 6-year-old Identified After Flu Death

OHIO COUNTY, WV (WTRF) -

UPDATED 1/23/18:

Family members have confirmed the identity of a 6-year-old Ohio County elementary student who died from complications of the flu.

Officials believe that Eden Murray died of complications of Influenza A.

Eden was a student at Ritchie Elementary in Wheeling.

7News, our sister station, has received the following statement from Eden's family:

She was a beautiful nonverbal autistic 6-year-old. Even though she didn't talk much, she spoke volumes to anyone she was around. There are not words to describe how much this hurts our family. She will be missed every second of every day. Eden is so full of energy and loved school and loved being with us.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family during this time.

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ORIGINAL:

Officials have confirmed that a student in Ohio County has died from the flu.

According to Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble, a pediatric death was reported to the county health department regarding the flu virus.

Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Miller has confirmed that the child was a student at Ritchie Elementary.

Gamble said that a pediatric death to the flu is "a very unusual occurrence in West Virginia and even around the country".

Ohio County Schools Communications Coordinator Gabe Wells released the following statement in regards to the incident:

Ohio County Schools administrators learned today that a Ritchie Elementary School student passed away recently from what is believed to be a flu-related illness. Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kimberly Miller has discussed the matter with Wheeling-Ohio County Health Administrator Howard Gamble. Miller and Gamble said students are safe at Ritchie Elementary School.

Ritchie Elementary School staff members are now being made aware of the student’s passing. Grief counselors are available at the school if they are needed by students. Miller said her thoughts and prayers go out to the student and the student’s family.

“The passing of a child is the most difficult of losses, but that is what is being dealt with today at Ritchie Elementary School” she said. “The excellent staff at Ritchie is prepared and committed to providing the appropriate counseling and support to students who may need it following this deeply saddening news. Our condolences go out to the student, the student’s family, friends and loved ones and the entire Ritchie Elementary School community.”  

Details are limited at this time.


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