38-year-old father of seven dies from flu

A Sacramento family continues to mourn the death of their father and husband after he died due to complications from the H1N1 flu.

Leon Burns, 38, went to the hospital three weeks ago. There doctors immediately knew he was fighting the H1N1 virus.

"His lungs were going; his kidneys failed," Burns' wife Tanisha Burns explained. "[Doctors] tried to do dialysis on him – that didn't work. His breathing started going."

That night, doctors told Tanisha Burns to take their seven children home. When they came back the next day, he was in an induced coma. He ended up spending 2.5 weeks in coma before he died last Friday.

"When I came back he was already sedated, we never got to say anything to him," Tanisha Burns said through tears.

Leon Burns did not get a flu shot.

A fundraiser is being held in Leon Burns' name during the weekend. Friends in the dance community have put together several dance workshops:

  • Friday, Feb. 7: Step 1 Dance and Fitness at 1920 T Street, Sacramento from 7:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8: Leighton Dance Project at 717-5 East Bidwill Street, Folsom from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 10: Chapkis Dance at 309 Main Street, Suisun City from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cost is $7 for one class; $10 for two classes or $20 for all three days.


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