Father of swine flu victim: "It's just lonesome without him."

By Jody Barr - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands family is coming to terms with the death of their son and how the H1N1 virus, better known as the swine flu, was a factor in his death.

It was only a week ago when Bobby McCormick called an ambulance to take his son, 12-year-old John, to the hospital.

John, born with cerebral palsy, was running a high fever that just wouldn't break.

"They checked him, said he had an ear infection and took the flu system and they didn't know it was the swine flu until they did the test and sent it off to DHEC and DHEC called us Tuesday evening, said he did have swine flu," said Bobby.

John died at home, the day after he left the hospital.

"When he was sick in the past, he'd fight it and fought, then got over with it and was just getting weaker," said Bobby. "I reckon his immune system just getting weaker on him where he couldn't fight no more."

We actually met the McCormicks in 2005 after they lost their home to fire.

John was seven years old at the time. He was doing well and attending school.

"He was laughing, carrying on; enjoyed life," said Bobby. "He enjoyed life, he enjoyed getting out of the house and going to the flea market, to Wal-Mart, anywhere. He enjoyed just to get out of the house and get outside."

Now, the McCormick's are left with memories of their son.

"It's just lonesome without him," said Bobby.

And a plea to other parents.

"Take them to the doctor and get them a good check-up and make sure they wash their hands and cover their mouth when they cough and sneeze and make sure they get a good check up," said Bobby.

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