Texas teacher dies from flu after she delayed filling prescription due to cost

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WEATHERFORD, Texas (CBS) -- A Texas elementary school teacher died from complications related to the flu after she put off picking up her prescription due to the copay cost, CBS reports.

Heather Holland was a mother of two children and a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School. CBS reports she postponed picking up her prescription drugs because of a $116 copay. Holland's husband said his wife thought the price was too high for her family.

Holland's husband said he bought the medicine anyways a week later, but Heather's condition had gotten worse.

"Friday night, things escalated and she ended up in the ICU," her husband said. "The doctors got the blood cultures back and they had to put her on dialysis early Saturday."

On February 4, Heather Holland passed away at age 38.

Holland's pastor said Holland put her family before herself when considering the cost of her medication.

“She wouldn’t go get medicine because she’s a mama. Mamas are tough. She just kept going. She had a job. She had kids,” said Clark Bosher, Holland’s pastor, via KCCI. “I don’t think she thought she was that sick. It happened so quick.”