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Bossier Parish third grader dies of H1N1 Virus

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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTBS/KNOE 8 News) - KTBS 3 News has learned that a Bossier Parish 3rd grader has passed away from H1N1 also known as the Swine Flu.

8 year-old Kaitlyn Mills attended Central Park Elementary School in Bossier City. School personnel say Kaitlyn was in class on Tuesday. According to Kaitlyn's parents, later Tuesday evening, the little girl complained of her back being sore. Wednesday, her parents say she started running a fever and started vomiting and went unconscious while getting sick. That's when Kaitlyn's father called 911. The family says they thought she might be dehydrated. The hospital gave Kaitlyn IV fluids but the child never got better. Kaitlyn passed away on Wednesday.

Kaitlyn's grandmother says "it was all so fast!"

Kaitlyn's mother, Christian Brown, says she's "at ease knowing her daughter is in heaven."

Bossier Parish Schools Public Relations Liaison, Sonja Bailes, tells KTBS 3 News that grief counselors are on campus to help students cope with the loss of their classmate. We're told that lots of students are struggling with Kaitlyn's death. Bailes also says that a letter was sent home to parents informing them that a student had died.

Visitation for Kaitlyn will be on Tuesday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Paradise Funeral Home on North Market Street in Shreveport.

Kaitlyn's funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church in Bossier City.

The Department of Health and Hospitals is investigating.

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