Ms. Holland went to the pharmacy. She learned the antiviral medication would cost her $116 under the prescription-drug coverage she had as a teacher, and she refused it. They had the money, Mr. Holland said: “It’s principle with her. She’s a very frugal person in general, always has been.”
After bringing their children home from church that night, Mr. Holland discovered his wife was taking Nyquil, he said. She told him she thought the price of the antiviral was ridiculous. He went to the pharmacy Thursday morning and got it filled himself. “I made her start taking it,” he said.
A 38-year-old primary school teacher in Texas died because of complications from the flu after she delayed picking up her medication because of its cost, her husband has said.
Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher and mother of two, is said to have refrained from collecting her prescription drugs because of a $116 (£84) payment.
Ms Holland’s husband, Frank, told local paper the Weatherford Democrat that his wife thought the medicine was too expensive.
Mr Holland said he bought the prescription for her when he found out, but her health quickly deteriorated.
“Friday night, things escalated and she ended up in the ICU,” Mr Holland said. “The doctors got the blood culture back and they had to put her dialysis early Saturday."
Ms Holland, who had a 10-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, died the next morning, on 4 February.
Her husband added: “I have to be strong for the kids, but it’s still surreal, it hasn’t all set in.
“We’ve been together a long time, over half my life. She’s my best friend, my soulmate, my everything.”