Gresham woman, 36, dies from flu complications
A Gresham woman has died days after catching the flu, doctors say.
Tandy Harmon, a mother of two, passed away on Friday, Jan. 19, after coming down with pneumonia less than two weeks ago.
The 36-year-old worked at Bradford's Sports Lounge, 10346 N.E. Halsey St., which is where she met her boyfriend, Steve Ludin.
"You (could) hear the chest cough, just growling every time she coughs and she was complaining that her chest hurt real bad," Ludin told KOIN 6 News, The Outlook's media partner. "And I tried to talk her into going to the hospital, and she just insisted, like the doctor said, it's the flu."
Harmon's family took her to the hospital, but she was originally sent home and told to take it easy. After a second trip to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, she was transferred to Legacy Emanuel and diagnosed with pneumonia and a staph infection.
"The flu opened up the gates for MRSA to set in. She had walking pneumonia," Ludin recounted to KOIN. "The next thing you know, organs are failing, liver, now the heart is not pumping enough blood through the whole body."
Harmon's vital signs stopped, but she was resuscitated twice before eventually succumbing. Her two children — Jimmie, 12, and Madison, 11 — will live with their grandmother in the house in Gresham that Harmon and Ludin once shared.
Her former boss, Brad Fouts, says Harmon was "full of life" and a good talker. He's set up a memorial slideshow for regulars and other patrons at the bar.
"She always had something to say, she'd always tune into your conversation," he told KOIN.
Bradford's Sports Lounge has scheduled a celebration of life for Harmon on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. A GoFundMe organized by her family is available here.
Complications caused by the flu kill tens of thousands of Americans each year, but most of those victims are young children or the elderly. The flu has been particularly severe this year, according to reports by the CDC.