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6-month-old Chattanooga baby recovers from flu after nearly two weeks in hospital

6-month-old Alaya Bentley went home from the hospital Monday evening, after battling the flu for almost 2 weeks. (Image Asha Bentley)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) - While the flu is hitting hard in area school systems, Asha Bentley is happy that it is no longer hitting her home.

For the first time in weeks, Bentley's daughter, Alaya, is home and playing with her cousins.

"She's smiling," said Bentley. "She seems just as happy as I am to be home."

Alaya fought a hard battle against the flu. With wires all over her body, the 6-month-old baby girl spent 11 days in the PICU at the Children's Hospital at Erlanger.

"She was completely limp," said Bentley. "That's the only way I know to explain, like she was weak."

ABC news reports at least 30 children died from flu-like illnesses this season. The Tennessee Health Department says there have been at least 6 child deaths from influenza in Tennessee, WZTV reports.

Those numbers made Bentley worry her family would be the next one to get devastating news.

"I did, at a lot of points," she said.

Baby Alaya is almost 100% healthy. "She still has her coughing spells," said Bentley. But a couple of coughs at home, are better than spending weeks away from home.

"I'm just thankful, grateful that god favored us because it could've been us."

A spokesperson for Erlanger says the hospital has seen at least 600 cases of flu-like illnesses since the start of the new year.

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