RALEIGH, N.C. – Raleigh student Skyler McCardle died of severe complications from the flu on Friday, according to WTVD, citing an online health journal posted by the family
McCardle was a student at GRACE Christian School in Raleigh and was diagnosed with flu last Friday, according to this is Eric Bradley, GRACE Christian School's Head of School
Bradley linked to Skyler's CaringBridge online health journal. Skyler was in critical condition at the Duke Medical Center following severe complications of influenza resulting in myocarditis – a rare inflammation of the heart muscle, according to the blog
The blog also says Skyler had open heart surgery on Wednesday
"She fought against this illness with everything she had, but alas it overwhelmed her body. She is a cheerleader and the manager of the girl's volleyball team in the school year 2016-2017, according to the school's website.