ST. LOUIS – A 29-year-old woman who contracted the H1N1 flu virus and lost her baby last month has died.
Leslie Creekmore, a Fort Smith, Ark. resident, had been hospitalized at Barnes-Jewish Hospital since mid-January and recently lost her health battle, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Creekmore was 20 weeks pregnant and spontaneously delivered her baby, who she had named Jera last month, and she later died.
Her husband, Chris Creekmore, posted on a Facebook group, called "Love for Leslie" early Monday morning about his wife's passing:
She's gone now, and the universe itself is lesser for the loss. I sincerely and wholeheartedly want to thank every one of you for caring and especially for supporting my mission to get people to vaccinate so fewer lives might be cut short. It's of absolutely zero comfort presently, just like any and every other thing is of no comfort, but I hope to eventually find a measure of peace in my absolute, unequivocal certainty that if Leslie had been given the choice to trade her life for the chance it might motivate even a few other people to take precautions and survive where they otherwise may not have, I couldn't have convinced her to even consider saying no. Leslie was and still is responsible for everything good in me, and when the day comes that we cross paths again, I wouldn't dare tell her I backslid into rage and indifference in her absence. So she's still got a very large role to play for a very long time - she's in charge of giving me a morality-fueled nudge when I need it, and she's still going do continue to be the standard against which I will measure what it means to be a good and kind person. I hope some of you will be able to carry that same legacy, too, and I know for certain that whatever comes next will undoubtedly be influenced and shaped by the changes she made in who each of us are and who we hope to become.
I loved her with every iota of my being and beyond, and I have no intention of that changing just because she isn't here with me corporeally.
And that's all I have to say about that (at least in this particular moment and this particular venue).
I'm packing up and heading back to Arkansas as quickly as I can. I badly need to be back in what remnants remain of home. I'll get into the mechanics of memorialization at another time, so please don't ask - the answers don't yet exist.