What disease was Edward dying of before he was changed?

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In 1918, a Spanish Influenza (flu) epidemic hit our country hard, killing thousands of people. This is a true piece of history that Stephenie Meyer included in her work. Edward Masen and his family became sick like so many others across the country. However, their doctor was Carlisle Cullen. When Edward's mother Elizabeth was dying, she told Carlisle to save Edward, saying, "what others cannot do, that is what you must do for my Edward." Carlisle turned Edward into a vampire, as Edward was dying of the flu anyway. Today, we have medicines and vaccines that can usually prevent death from the flu, but back then if your body didn't naturally fight it off, you would die. Carlisle knew that Edward was dying, so he turned him, as per Elizabeth's dying wish. I am attaching an interesting site below so you can read about the real history behind the flu epidemic. 

zumba96 | Student

Edward was dying from the Spanish Influenza. This affected America in the late 1910s and happened in history. Edward was on the brink of death and got saved. 

udonbutterfly | Student

Edward was dying from the Spanish Influenza that had plagued America in the late 1910's, this is an actual event that took place in America's history. It was so bad it came in three waves! However, in twilight it depicts this time where Edward's mom wished that her son would not be another victim to the disease and asked Carlisle to save him. So with her wish to save her son Carlisle too Edward, who was on the brink of death, and changed him.

laurenalexandra17 | Student

Spanish Influenza, it's just a posh name for a flu but in 1918 they were deadly. xx

trinaav | Student

Edward was dying from the Spanish Influenza (Spanish Flu) in 1918. He was only 17 years old.

twiheart | Student

spanish influenza

the spanish influenza. he was really strong and managed to live longer that his mother but if not for carlisle then he would've died.

 

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dadsgirlambino | Student

the spanish influenza

lystae | Student

Edward was dying of the Spanish Influenza.

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