SAN DIEGO — San Diego council member Mark Kersey is mourning the loss of his brother, Bradley Kersey, who died of the flu this week in Pennsylvania.
Kersey’s brother was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 19 and died due to complications from the H1N1 virus on Monday.
“He was in the hospital for a few days, and it got so bad they weren’t able to treat him,” Kersey told Fox 5.
Kersey said his brother was overweight, but other than that he did not have any medical problems. Once admitted vto the hospital, he suffered from a bacterial infection and his body couldn’t fight the complications.
“I don’t want anyone else to have go through this,” said Kersey, who spoke to Fox 5 on the telephone from Pennsylvania. He was there for his brother’s funeral on Saturday.
Bradley Kersey was 37 years old, married to his high school sweetheart and had four children.
“It’s gonna be a tough road ahead of them,” said his brother. “Any thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.”
In California at least 147 people have died as a result of the flu. In San Diego, 20 people have died. Kersey’s brother did not get a flu shot. Kersey is urging people to get the vaccine while they still can. Doctors say it’s not too late and there’s no shortage. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to become effective and it could help prevent complications.
“You never know if anything like this is going to happen,” he said.