STL man shares story of near-death flu experience

"The doctor told my wife to start preparing for a funeral," explains Charlie Hinderliter

Megan Lynch
September 16, 2019 - 8:56 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Last year, KMOX News introduced you to a St. Louis man who nearly lost his life, after getting the flu. 

This week he posted a picture on social media, while getting his flu shot.

"It started with flu, then it turned into sepsis which is an infection of the blood, then it turned into septic shock, I had pneumonia and then it was organ failure," explains Charlie Hinderliter.  He was an otherwise healthy 38-year-old man who like many people didn't feel the need to get a flu shot.   A week after being diagnosed with the flu, he was in a medically induced coma, "I spent two months in the hospital and ended up living in the same nursing home as my grandmother for three weeks and I just didn't see that coming."

A year and a half later, Hinderliter says he's still building strength.  He's retelling his story on Twitter hoping more people will be vaccinated.  

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