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Girl with flu-like symptoms dies after leaving hospital

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The family of a 6-year-old girl who died with flu-like symptoms wants answers. They took her to the emergency room Monday night and just hours later she was dead at home.

First grader Tahila Johnson loved to go to school. So Monday morning when she didn't want to go her family knew she wasn't well.

Earl Johnson said his daughter had a fever, body aches and the chills. He immediately suspected the flu because other family members recently tested positive and were prescribed medicine for it.

He and his mother took Tahila to the ER at Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite, but even after a long wait they didn't get to see a doctor. A nurse practitioner gave the girl allergy medicine and sent her home.

"What they said verbatim… All kids have the flu. Not going to test nobody. Gave her Tylenol, Zyrtec and sent us out the door," Johnson said.

By 6:30 a.m. Tahila was dead.

"This morning I got up and went and made coffee and went to check on her and she was gone," said Veleta Johnson-Walker, the girl's grandmother.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Dallas police are also investigating, but that is standard with a child death. In this case they do believe Tahila died because of a medical issue and the family did all it could to try to save her.

A spokesman for Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite said he could not comment on Tahila's treatment because of federal laws, but said there will be an internal investigation.

He also said the ER has been inundated with flu patients.

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