Friends and family of a Queensland woman have been left devastated after she died just weeks after getting the flu.
Mum of three Jacinta Foulds contracted the flu two weeks ago and became so sick she caught a secondary infection and pneumonia.
Her husband, Daniel Foulds, said this became too much for her body to handle but she “fought hard all the way to the end”.
Ms Foulds, who was in her 30s, passed away in this early hours of this morning.
“This is the hardest post I have ever had to do. My world has been rocked tonight. I said goodbye to my best friend and soulmate, taken from me way too soon,” Mr Foulds wrote on Facebook.
“Sorry if I don’t reply to messages. I’m really struggling and am trying to hold it together for my three kids.
“Jacinta Foulds taken to soon and forever in my heart and soul. RIP, my true love.”
A GoFundMe set up to help the Folds family has raised more than $ 5000 in just four hours.
Friends and family of Ms Foulds have flooded her Facebook page with tributes after her unexpected death.
“Life has pulled a number on us, friends. Woke to the most horrible news. Pals, Jacinta Foulds has been taken from us,” friend Fanny Barlow wrote.
“I don’t have a lot to say at this time but like everyone else I am too shocked to function.”
Nicole Pocock wrote: “I’m shocked to the core. When I see the name Jacinta I automatically think of a beautiful selfless woman that treated everyone equally.
“My heart breaks for Dan and the children. May you guys find the strength to continue even if it’s just minute by minute at the moment.”
Just a few days ago it was revealed at least 83 people had died from flu-related illnesses in Queensland so far this year, but experts believe that real number is likely much higher.
There are fears the flu epidemic is only going to worsen and is on track to become the worst on record for the state.
There were 43 recorded flu-related deaths for the whole of 2018. This year’s toll is almost double that already.
Across the country there have been more than 380 reported influenza-associated deaths this year.