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Christina Quintana, left, talks about her 15-year-old son, Keith Worthington, who remains in critical condition because of H1N1 flu Monday. At right is Dr. Nadia Sam-Agudu, pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Fargo's MeritCare. Dave Wallis / The Forum

H1N1 puts Fargo boy in critical condition

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Keith Worthington is lying in a pediatric intensive-care unit bed, breathing with the aid of a machine and battling for his life.

The 15-year-old Fargo boy went to the emergency room Oct. 19 with flu-like symptoms: coughing, a low-grade fever, difficulty breathing.


His mother, Christina Quintana, suspected bronchitis or strep throat, and thought a few hours in the ER would take care of the illness.

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