Heather Holland, a 38-year-old second grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School, died on Feb. 11 due to complications of the flu.
Heather’s husband Frank told the Weatherford Democrat she became ill about a week ago, but she did not buy flu medication because the $116 copay was too high.
Frank ended up buying the medication, but by that time it was too late, Heather was dying of pneumonia, which requires early an antibiotic treatment.
Frank told the Weatherford Democrat:
Friday night, things escalated and she ended up in the ICU. The doctors got the blood cultures back and they had to put her on dialysis early Saturday.
I have to be strong for the kids but it’s still surreal, it hasn’t all set in. We’ve been together a long time, over half my life. She’s my best friend, my soulmate, my everything.
It hasn’t set in with them yet either.
Charlotte LaGrone, spokesperson for Weatherford ISD, said that counselors were on campus for kids on Feb. 12.
It’s not clear how the school was able to afford counselors, but not provide better health insurance for the Hollands.
According to a 2015 study by Harvard Medical School, millions of adults skip medications due to their high cost.
Reuters reported in 2015 that “U.S. prices for the world’s 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain.”