Both parents died of the same illness, so musician is raising awareness

By Matt Wickstrom

Eric Smith remembers the 2013 holidays as the time when his family was torn apart.

On Dec. 23, Smith’s father, Dorman, 64, was admitted to the ER with the flu, followed on Christmas Day by his mother, Marilyn, 49, with bronchitis and a double ear infection. As both parents’ health quickly deteriorated, they were diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome, and they were flown from their hometown of Barbourville to the University of Tennessee medical center on Dec. 29 and 31, the latter date being the Smiths’ 32nd wedding anniversary.

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