Flu claimed life of Hanahan student honored at baseball game

This photo taken during Monday night's game at Hanahan shows Emily Getman's initials painted in the dirt behind home plate. (Provided)

A Hanahan junior was honored during the team's baseball game against Goose Creek Monday, but the circumstances were a reminder of how serious a virus like the flu can become.

Emily Getman lost her life on April 12 after a battle with influenza. She was receiving treatment at MUSC at the time of her death.

Hanahan Principal Ric Raycroft said students returned to school Monday after spring break and showed support of one another, compassion and love as 18-year-old Getman's loss is felt on the campus.

"We are a close-knit community school," Raycroft said. "...Emily was one of our students, one of our friends, one of our Hanahan children. We love her, will miss her and will never forget her."

Following the National Anthem at the game, there was a moment of silence observed in her honor. Her initials were also painted behind home plate where players prayed with the visiting Goose Creek team before the game.

Emily Getman's death is one of many in what data shows is a more severe year of the flu in South Carolina. As of a DHEC report released last Friday, there have been 59 deaths attributed to complications from the flu. Fourteen of those happened in the Lowcountry. Last year there were only 39 deaths attributed to the flu in South Carolina.

The number of hospitalizations due to influenza have also doubled this year.

Getman's visitation was Tuesday at Stuhr Northwoods Chapel from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel on Greenridge Road. She will be laid to rest at Riverview Memorial Park.

The funeral home shares memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Check back with ABC News 4 as we continue to follow this story.

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