When Hugh Estlinbaum’s son Tony contracted the H1N1 virus, Hugh and his wife thought it would be a serious but relatively slight blip on the radar screen of their otherwise contented life. After all, despite all the media hype, it was just the flu, something we’ve all had…right? Wrong!As often happens in life, reality turned out to me much different than they had imagined. It morphed into a life and death struggle that drew on every bit of courage, faith and family ties that they could muster.
All Americans should read about their ordeal, because the specter of this kind of medical threat, especially when it involves a child, is a looming danger that you can never fully prepare for -- but by spreading awareness and the true facts, less people will be caught off guard.This crisis tested the Estlinbaum family like the fire of a crucible, at times to the very brink of disaster. There were dark days when it seemed that they would never emerge from the ominous, fearsome shadow that had settled over their lives and besieged their beloved young son’s body.The importance of faith and family emerged as the glue that held the family together through the worst of the storm.
These were the only things that truly mattered when life hit them with some of its hardest punches. Learn what it took to emerge victorious in this most inspiring story.