Mother who lost unborn child to H1N1 returns home

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The 27-year-old mother, who lost her unborn child to H1N1 and almost lost her life to the virus, went home Tuesday afternoon.

Aubrey Opdyke left Kindred Hospital of the Palm Beaches in Riviera Beach around 2 p.m. with flowers, a Florida State balloon, and a new outlook on Life. "I am lucky to be alive."

She arrived at another hospital July 3rd, 6-months pregnant, complaining of what, she thought, was a bad cold. It turns out she had the swine flu.

Her unborn child, Parker Christine, died because of the virus, and doctors put Aubrey in a medically induced coma.

Her condition was touch and go, but in the end she fought back.

Aubrey, along with her husband Bryan, says this experience has made their bond even stronger.

Bryan says if they can get through this they can get through anything. "Cherish every day and don't worry about the little things. You never know what's around the corner and how bad it could be."

The couple was asked about their plans tonight. Aubrey talked about the first thing she wanted to do, "Shave my legs."

"We're just going to hangout, watch a movie and have pizza. Something simple," added Bryan.

He says his employer, UPS, has allowed him to work part-time, so he can focus on Aubrey's recovery.

Aubrey hopes that with intense physical therapy, she will be able to go to work in about six months.