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Teacher Dies Of Flu After Being Unable To Afford Doctor’s Prescription

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Heather Holland delayed picking up her medication due to the $116 copay.

An elementary school teacher in North Texas died from flu complications over the weekend. She had delayed picking up a prescription from her doctor due to the high copay involved.

Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School with the Weatherford Independent School District died over the weekend, the Weatherford Democrat reports. Holland got sick about a week ago and took medication, but delayed picking up the prescription due to the $116 copay, according to the newspaper.

The 38-year-old teacher's condition worsened and her husband, Frank Holland, took her to the hospital where he reported she died on Sunday.

"She loved helping people, helping the kids, and the kids loved her," Holland's husband told the Weatherford Democrat.