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Boy dies from flu after EMS unable to reach him in blizzard, family says

Honor Beauvais (GoFundMe)
Honor Beauvais (GoFundMe)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KAKE) - A 12-year-old South Dakota boy died of complications from the flu earlier this month after a blizzard prevented emergency crews from reaching him, the boy's family said. 

Honor Beauvais was diagnosed with Influenza A and sent home on December 14. KSFY reports the boy's condition worsened and he died the following day. 

“I and my daughter tried for hours to reach the emergency preparedness personnel on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation to get help for Honor,” Rose Cordier-Beauvais, Honor’s grandmother, said on a GoFundMe page. “A snowplow eventually was able to make a path for an ambulance. Honor was taken to the Indian Health Service, a government hospital three miles away, where he passed away due to his illness.”

Honor was a 6th grader at Sapa Un Catholic Academy in St. Francis. He was described as an outgoing and friendly child who loved spending time with his family.

“The roads in South Dakota and on the reservation are finally being cleared enough so that we can plan the wake and funeral for our beloved boy, Honor,” the boy's grandmother said. 

A funeral was being planned for January 4. The GoFundMe to help cover expenses has raised over $12,000 in one day.