Teenager dies from killer flu bug sweeping the UK which has claimed 93 lives

Bethany Walker, 18, who has died from the killer flu bug (Facebook)
Bethany Walker, 18, who has died from the killer flu bug (Facebook)

An 18-year-old woman has died from the killer flu bug sweeping the UK, which has now claimed 93 lives

Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Scotland, died after catching flu which later developed into pneumonia.

The teenager, who died on January 5, was due to study midwifery at Aberdeen University later this year.

Her devastated mother took to Facebook to say that the tragedy meant that the ‘bottom has fallen out of my world’ and life ‘would never be the same again’.

‘She had been suffering from a flu virus, which became pneumonia.

‘She was airlifted to Raigmore with me by her side yesterday morning (Jan 5), where she rapidly deteriorated.

‘The staff in Intensive Care could not have done more, she was given the best possible treatment from a team of eight people for over two hours, they tried everything possible but sadly despite their best efforts she didn’t make it.’


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Tragic Bethany was the latest victim in the region to die from the killer flu.

Alasdair Macleod, 57, died while fishing for prawns near Applecross in November.

Nationally, the flu is taking a deadly toll, according to figures published earlier this week.

The latest figures showed that 93 people have lost their lives to flu so far this winter – an increase on last year – eight of those in Scotland.

The figure for England compares to the previous total of 48 recorded last week.

Public Health England data also shows the killer virus has left 1,938 in hospital since October – a quarter because of ‘Aussie flu’ and half from ‘Japanese flu’.