Elmira boy dies from H1N1 virus

Staff reports

An 8-year-old Elmira boy stricken last month with the H1N1 virus died Tuesday of complications from the illness.

Elijah Nist, a student at Parley Coburn Elementary School, died Tuesday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

“The Nist family is grateful for the support and countless prayers they’ve received for Elijah,” a statement released by the hospital said. “He passed away (Tuesday) afternoon with his family around him. The family asks for privacy in their time of grief.”

The Elmira City School District has brought in extra counselors to help students and staff cope with Elijah’s death.

“Both personally and on behalf of our school district, I send (our) deepest condolences to Elijah’s family and friends,” Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter said in a statement.

Elijah was hospitalized a month ago after coming down the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu.

The Evening Tribune