Raleigh 8th grader dies following complications from the flu, family says

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Raleigh 8th grader Skyler McCardle died following severe complications from the flu on Friday, according to an online health journal posted by family.

McCardle was a student at GRACE Christian School in Raleigh.

According to Eric Bradley, GRACE Christian School's Head of School, Skyler was diagnosed with the flu last Friday.

Bradley linked to Skyler's CaringBridge online health journal.

According to the blog, Skyler was in critical condition at Duke Medical Center following severe complications from the flu resulting in myocarditis - a rare inflammation of the heart muscle.

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. Her bravery and strength will be something that we can all admire forever," the Caring Bridge blog said.

The school's website said Skyler was a cheerleader and the manager for the girl's volleyball team in the 2016-2017 school year.

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