by: SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES Updated:DALLAS, TX. —
Alice Jones and her husband, Darrell, both in college and raising three children, got sick with the flu on a Thursday. By Monday, Alice, 29, an aspiring Dallas nurse, was dead.
Darrell Jones, a criminal justice student who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan for nearly a year, said he and his children are so devastated they can't stay in their house and are temporarily living with relatives.
"I made it through Afghanistan and thought we would move on with our lives," said Jones, who turned 27 the day his wife died. "I was thinking that was the most dangerous part of our marriage."
Neither Jones nor his wife had gotten flu shots this year. At the time of her death at University General Hospital on Jan. 6, doctors insisted that the three children, ages 10, 7 and 3, be checked out and vaccinated.
One of the boys tested positive for flu.
"If that didn't happen, maybe my son would have died, as well," said Jones. "I don't know what I would have done if it was my wife and son."