Feb 28 2013 By Jackie Grant, Galloway News
An 18-month-old Dalbeattie boy was released from hospital on Tuesday after being treated for swine flu.
Lucy Roberts, 29, said her son Tyler had been given the all-clear to go home after a series of chest x-rays at Dumfries Infirmary.
The youngster was admitted to hospital on Monday and tests confirmed he had the H1N1 virus.
Ms Roberts claims it was her mothers instinct which told her little Tyler had the virus but that her GP kept fobbing her off.
She said she now intends to keep the tot indoors and keep her other two children off school for a while.
The hospital and the NHS advice is that I dont need to do that but you are better to be safe than sorry, she said.
I am so relieved he is on the mend but two weeks ago when I took him to the doctor he was in a terrible state. It was mothers instinct. I knew he was ill.
By the time he was taken into hospital it was too late to give him Tamiflu drugs.
My son was at risk because he has asthma and the doctor should have sent him straight to hospital. I was very worried about him and I will make sure with a lot of TLC that he gets better.
Last week, pregnant 27-year-old Jennifer Scott from Kelloholm Lucys friend was transferred to a specialist hospital in Leicester after contracting the virus.
She underwent an emergency caesarean operation in Dumfries before being transferred and her baby daughter is said to be doing well.
Despite the two swine flu cases, health chiefs say the public shouldnt panic.
Doctor Derek Cox, Dumfries and Galloway Health Boards director of public health, stressed that the incidents are normal for this time of year.
He said: I reassure parents not to be concerned.
He added: This week, NHS Dumfries and Galloway has confirmed two cases of H1N1. I can confirm that these are by no means the first cases of this particular variety of flu that have been seen either in Dumfries and Galloway or in Scotland as a whole.
I take this opportunity to stress that these incidents are very normal for this time of year and various types of influenza are circulating in the community at levels encountered most winters.
The H1N1 variety is no more infectious and causes no more serious complications than other varieties of flu.
Anyone worried about flu-like symptoms can contact their GP or NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.