HOUSTON – While some of Mexico's swine flu fatalities were poor and had uncertain access to health care, the toddler who became the first U.S. death from the outbreak was born into one of Mexico's wealthiest families.
His father is a well-known architect. His grandfather is a Mexican media mogul who serves on the International Olympic Committee. His great-uncle controls the Angeles Hospital chain, one of Mexico's largest private health providers.
Miguel Tejada Vazquez, 21 months old, died on Monday in a Houston hospital during a visit to America. He had been with his family in Brownsville, Texas, for most of April, and came down with flu symptoms the day after a shopping trip to Houston's upscale Galleria mall on April 7.
When the hospital in Brownsville could do no more for him, Miguel was transported to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, where he died.
The boy's grandfather is Mario Vazquez Rana, 76, who heads Mexico's Olympic Committee and is on the 15-member IOC board.
Vazquez Rana also runs a media empire that includes 41 Mexican newspapers, mostly in smaller markets. He owned the United Press International wire service for nearly two years in the mid-1980s.
The boy's great-uncle, Olegario Vazquez Rana, also owns radio stations, a Mexico City newspaper and Mexico's Camino Real hotels.
Miguel was the youngest of six children of Vazquez Rana's daughter, Miriam Vazquez, and architect Jose Manuel Tejeda.