Dubai Filipina Lynn Credo dies after battle with 80% burns from antibiotics

38-year-old woman suffered severe burns due to allergic reaction to flu medication in August

Lynn Credo, the 38-year-old Filipina saleswoman who had suffered severe burn injuries after she took medication for flu, died on Friday in Dubai.

Lisa Kingsley, who has been helping raise funds for Credo’s treatment, announced the news of her death earlier today.

“I am completely devastated to say that this morning Lynn Credo left this world and passed peacefully. The only relief is that she is no longer suffering or in pain. Unfortunately her heart was too weak to take the trauma her body had suffered,” the message said.

Credo had suffered 80 per cent burns on her body after she took antibiotics for flu this August. Although initial treatment had borne positive results, her condition had worsened during the last few weeks.

“I am so sad to say Lynn has been in the critical stage for more than one week. She has very serious heart issue along with a massive chest infection. It's a long way from the state that we saw her in a month ago. She cannot go for the surgery as she is too sick,” said Kingsley in a posting about two weeks ago.

Credo has been undergoing treatment at the Iranian Hospital in Dubai since August 8. Doctors at the hospital had earlier said that she suffered from a severe case of Stevens–Johnson Syndrome, caused by allergic reaction to an antibiotic medicine. Apart from severe swelling all over, she was also suffering from burn injuries in about 80 per cent of her body.

She was being treated in a sterile environment due to the risk of infection. All her medicines were being administered through a permanent tube into her neck which had to be stitched into place.

Kingsley who launched a drive to collect funds for her treatment had posted an online message saying, “It is apparent that Lynn will need extensive rehabilitation and surgery to repair the damage caused by this shocking reaction and this fund is to help her in her potentially life altering injuries.  Our biggest concern is her eyes and disfigurement to her skin especially her face.”
The online fund raiser launched through gofundme (http://www.gofundme.com/12pd5g) had so far collected $23,397 of the target of $40,000 that was required for her treatment.

One of the donors, office staff of Smith & Nephew Middle East had posted a message along with their contribution, “God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. Don't lose hope Lynn! When the sun goes down, the stars come out. We are all rooting for you!

Meanwhile, a memorial service is being planned for her in Dubai and will be held within the next few days.

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