Flu claims life of Pennsylvania 2nd grader: ‘Heaven won an angel,’ mother says

By | February 18, 2020

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A Pennsylvania boy nicknamed “Smiley” after his infectious grin died early this week from flu-linked concerns, according to the boy’s faculty and his mother.

Matthew Wzorek, 7, became once a 2nd-grader at Worrall Elementary College in Broomall, Pa. He died Sunday after struggling with the flu, his mother, Rebecca Horowitz Wzorek, wrote in a Facebook put up.


“This is in a position to likely likely be the hardest thing I’m ever going to enjoy to jot down. Heaven won an angel the day prior to this. Matthew became once taken from us after a battle with the flu,” she wrote. “He became once the kindest baby and might per chance likely per chance brighten any room. We’re grieving and in search of to job it all but can’t brand how this might per chance likely per chance happen.”

Matthew died on Sunday after battling the flu, according to his mom.

Matthew died on Sunday after struggling with the flu, in preserving alongside with his mother.
(Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks Funeral Home)

“Please reveal a prayer and abet on tightly to your loved ones,” she added.

The Marple Newton College District, which Worrall Elementary is a allotment of, furthermore posted a press liberate to its web pages according to Matthew’s passing. College students in the boy’s class were seemingly uncovered to the Influenza B virus — which emerged early this flu season and largely affects younger other folks — as became once his instructor, who gotten smaller influenza B but is being treated for the illness.

“Pretty frankly, since the virus is airborne, your total district ought to peaceable be on excessive alert for indicators and indicators of the flu,” the district acknowledged.

Matthew is survived by his fogeys, four grandparents and brother Jacob, to boot to “a abundant choice of aunts, uncles and cousins,” in preserving alongside with his obituary.

“He introduced happiness and pleasure to everyone that became once blessed ample to be a allotment of his comely life. His dad nicknamed him Smiley. He loved Disney, Harry Potter, cuddling alongside with his family, and placing his all into the entirety (including basketball, baseball, soccer and soccer),” it reads. 


Matthew’s funeral companies will seemingly be deepest, according to a separate put up from Matthew’s mother, but a memorial provider and shiva — a week-long length of mourning, as per Jewish custom — will seemingly be held at a later date.

As of Feb. 8, the Centers for Disease Administration and Prevention (CDC) reported 92 pediatric flu-linked deaths in the U.S. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine every season, and those inclined to principal flu concerns ought to peaceable discover rapid medical attention if suspected indicators compose.