7-year-old boy fighting for his life after flu diagnosis

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Melody Ridout holds the hand of her 7-year-old son, Jaxson, as the young boy battles the flu in the intensive care unit of an Iowa hospital. (Source: KCCI via CNN) Melody Ridout holds the hand of her 7-year-old son, Jaxson, as the young boy battles the flu in the intensive care unit of an Iowa hospital. (Source: KCCI via CNN)

A 7-year-old Iowa boy is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with the flu.

Melody Ridout said she rushed her son, Jaxson, to the emergency room when his symptoms worsened on Friday.

"We thought we were losing him,” Ridout said. “Even the doctor didn't think he was going to make it."

Doctors said the viral infection led to septic shock and respiratory failure. Jaxson is currently in a medically induced coma while a ventilator helps him breathe.

Ridout said her son was born premature and has weak lungs, among other health issues. Nevertheless, the mom said she never anticipated her son’s flu diagnosis would be so severe.

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Jaxson has been sedated since Friday, but Ridout said she has started to see some small movements from her son in the past 24 hours.

“Yeah, I'm talking to him, and I feel like his presence is here, but I don't know,” she said. “They're telling me it is. But I don't know -- you know what I mean? But, when I see these responses. I know he's fighting for us. He's fighting."

While Jaxson continues to receive treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit, his mother is asking for prayers.

When Jaxson's fever returned last week, Ridout said she hesitated to take him to the doctor and instead wanted to see if the fever would go down on its own.

Now, she's urging parents to not hesitate and to seek medical attention for their children immediately.

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