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Political journalist, 26, is in a coma with H1N1 swine flu after being found unconscious at home

Rising star political journalist, 26, is placed in a medically-induced coma after she was found unconscious in her apartment suffering from SWINE FLU

  • Bre Payton is reportedly in critical condition at a hospital in San Diego, California
  • A friend found her unconscious and barely breathing on Thursday morning 
  • Payton was admitted into the ICU and sedated before being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, as well as possible meningitis
  • A fundraising page says: ‘The doctors are concerned that her neurological signs are not great at this point and have informed us the next 24-48 hours are critical’
  • The 26-year-old is a staff writer for conservative news site The Federalist and a frequent commentator on national networks including Fox News and CNN

A 26-year-old political journalist is in a coma after she was found unconscious and barely breathing at her apartment in Southern California.  

Bre Payton, a staff writer for right-wing news website The Federalist and frequent TV commentator, is reportedly in critical condition at a hospital in San Diego after falling ill over the Christmas holiday. 

Payton was admitted into the ICU and sedated before doctors performed hours of tests and determined she has the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, as well as possible meningitis, according to a CaringBridge fundraising page set up for her.

Payton’s friend Morgan Murtaugh, who found her on Thursday at around 8.30am, reported the news of her hospitalization on Twitter Friday morning.  

’24 hours ago I found my friend unconscious and called 911,’ Murtaugh wrote. ‘She’s been in a coma since and really needs a miracle right now. Please, if you’re religious at all, send prayers this way. We really need them.’

Payton has reportedly been diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus and possible meningitis

Journalist Bre Payton, 26, has been hospitalized and placed into a coma after a friend found her unconscious at her home Thursday morning in San Diego, California. Payton (left and right) has reportedly been diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus and possible meningitis

Payton's friend Morgan Murtaugh, who found her unconscious and barely breathing on Thursday at around 8.30am, broke the news of her hospitalization on Twitter Friday morning

Payton’s friend Morgan Murtaugh, who found her unconscious and barely breathing on Thursday at around 8.30am, broke the news of her hospitalization on Twitter Friday morning

The description on the CaringBridge page says: ‘The doctors are concerned that her neurological signs are not great at this point and have informed us the next 24-48 hours are going to be critical for her. 

‘At this time we’re just asking that you lift Bre up in prayer and ask for a healing miracle and a full recovery.’

Payton, who has been on the Federalist staff for more than three years, has received an outpouring of support from the community in the hours since the news broke.   

Federalist publisher Ben Domenech tweeted: ‘I am asking you all to pray this morning for our own @Bre_payton, who is battling a horrible and sudden medical condition.’ 

The CaringBridge site has been visited nearly 80,000 times as of midday Friday. 

Payton is widely recognized for her appearances on national networks including Fox News, MSNBC and CNN. She has also been a guest host on One America News Network.

Payton, who has been a staff writer for right-wing news site The Federalist for more than three years, has received an outpouring of support in the hours since the news broke Friday

Payton, who has been a staff writer for right-wing news site The Federalist for more than three years, has received an outpouring of support in the hours since the news broke Friday

Federalist publisher Ben Domenech tweeted asking for prayers for Payton's recovery 

Federalist publisher Ben Domenech tweeted asking for prayers for Payton’s recovery 

Payton is a frequent commentator on national networks including Fox News, MSNBC and CNN. She has also been a guest host on One America News Network (pictured)

Payton is a frequent commentator on national networks including Fox News, MSNBC and CNN. She has also been a guest host on One America News Network (pictured)



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