Nov 3, 2009 4:53 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Woman in ICU with H1N1 virus

Two weeks ago, Kayla Kammrad got the flu.  When her fever spiked to 105 degrees and she had trouble breathing, she went to St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City.

Doctors told her she had the H1N1 virus.  She stayed there for four days, but when her oxygen level dropped, doctors transferred her to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs.

"She has her bad moments.  She has her good moments.  It's been  roller coaster the last 10 days," says Robert Williams, Kayla's Dad. "It's hard.  I can't reach in and make it all better. I can't."

Monday night, she was listed in critical condition.

Williams describes his daughter as a strong and healthy 22-year-old woman, with no history of medical problems. She was a gymnast and basketball player at Canon City High School.

Now married, she works full-time and attends classes at Pueblo Community College, all while taking care of her two boys, ages two and four.  The boys haven't seen their mom in two weeks. Williams says he notices that the older boy is starting to worry.

"When we tell her she's sick, and they'll get to see her soon, they stress about that as well," says Williams.

Kayla's husband, Jeff, is a Corporal in the National Guard.  He was in Iraq doing convoy security when Kayla was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.  The National Guard rushed him home so he could be by her side.

"Within a day-and-a-half, I was picking him up at the Colorado Springs Airport," says Williams.  "Amazing.  It was amazing."

Williams says he's very proud and thankful for the overwhelming community support the family has received.

"I'm very proud," says Williams.

The Kayla Williams Kammrad Fund has been set up at the Pueblo Bank & Trust in Canon City to help pay for medical bills.


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