Aztec woman dies after initial Hantavirus diagnosis | KOB 4

Aztec woman dies after initial Hantavirus diagnosis

Marian Camacho and Kassi Nelson
April 26, 2018 06:12 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. – An Aztec woman who had been diagnosed with Hantavirus earlier this year has died.


According to the Farmington Daily Times, 27-year-old Kiley Lane passed away last Wednesday at the University of New Mexico Hospital. The mother of one was transported to the hospital in Albuquerque after testing positive for the disease in early February.

Her family says she was dealing with several medical complications including a hole in her trachea and multiple infections.

Lane’s mother, Julie Barron, said the staff at UNM Hospital had exhausted all treatment options available.

According to Barron, her daughter had made two trips to the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington before testing positive for Hantavirus. Lane tested positive for the disease again at UNM Hospital, but tests later performed by the Centers for Disease Control came back negative for the disease.

"They were just taking it by her symptoms, and basically the symptoms of this virus look like a lot of other things," Barron said. "That's the problem. We're not really sure how long she had it."
Barron said the CDC tests were not performed on her daughter until about a month after the initial test and that the CDC tests showed Lane no longer had an active strain of Hantavirus in her system.

Barron has questioned the test at San Juan Regional and wonders why the CDC tests were not used in the first place. She says due to this experience and the conflicting test results, she now plans to advocate for better healthcare in rural areas.

Barron said her daughter was someone who advocated for children and was always willing to give people a second chance.

"It was something she did her whole life," she said. "She never met a stranger and she always gave people second, third, and fourth chances."

A memorial service will be held for Lane in Cedar Crest on Saturday. Details for the service can be found here.

Barron still wants to know how it got to this point.

"What happened?" she asked. "'What caused her to get so sick?' is the biggest question." 

According to a spokeswoman for San Juan Regional Medical Center, Lane was one of two patients whose preliminary tests for Hantavirus came back positive this year.

KOB’s Meg Hilling spoke with the family of 9-year-old Fernando Hernandez in early March after the boy was diagnosed with Hantavirus. According to an update on the GoFundMe page set up for the family, Fernando is still in the hospital battling the disease.

To learn more about symptoms, treatments and other information on hantavirus, click here.


Marian Camacho and Kassi Nelson

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