Family remembers Anderson Co. teen who died from flu complications

ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The number of flu-related deaths continues to climb near and far. Sydney Danielle Hanks was a 19-year-old who lived in Anderson and her parents tell us she died at AnMed Health on Tuesday after contracting the flu two days earlier.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Sydney tested positive for the Influenza A strain and flu contributed to her death.

Hanks graduated from Westside High School in 2017, something her parents tell 7News was a highlight in her short life.  Sydney had previous medical challenges that caused her to have seizures and it’s that condition that her parents believe contributed to her death.

“The strength of the flu over her seizures when she had one and with the flu having trouble breathing it just caused her to go into cardiac arrest,” said Jerry Hanks, Sydney’s father.

A funeral will be held in Sydney’s memory at New Prospect Baptist Church in Anderson at 3 p.m. Saturday. Her family asks anyone who was touched by Sydney in her short life to please attend and say goodbye with them.

The S.C. Department of Health and Control said 84 people have died from the flu outbreak in the state this season, including 38 people last week. DHEC said about 600 people were hospitalized between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27.

Health officials say 95 people have died of the flu in North Carolina, while 37 flu-related deaths have been confirmed across Georgia.

The Associated Press reports a 15-year-old girl who died Tuesday is Georgia’s first flu-related child death this season.