CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – The family of Lilliana Schalck has revealed the results of their daughter's autopsy. It turns out to be the cheerleader, who died at a competition in Columbus back in February, had underlying struggles.
They did not know she had it. In fact, the last time she had had something four to six years ago.
The family released a statement, which read: "Apparently an underlying strep infection overwhelmed her immune system with little or no warning, and (actual) catastrophic results. "
Dr. Riham Alwan at the Christ Hospital says there's a reason they call strep leading to sepsis the silent killer.
"It moves very, very, very, very fast. [Alan.]
According to the National Institute of Health, severe sepsis strikes more than 1
In Lilliana's case, her father told FOX19 in February that his Columbus, Worried.
"She's kinda out of sorts, things definitely not normal, so we call a life squad taken to the ER and things quickly degraded," he says said. 7:40. "
According to the CDC, common symptoms of sepsis include confusion or disorientation, shortness of breath , high heart rate, fever of shivering, extreme pain or discomfort, clammy or sweaty skin.
"Her symptoms – some hamstring pain, numbness in her hands, they were cold, and she just felt weak," said Dan Schalck
Alwan says many of these symptoms are common in other conditions, making it difficult to diagnose, especially in its early stages – and it's not just in the throat.
"It depends on where the strep is, "The doctor said." So, the most common things in a young, healthy person, or the urine or the blood, or usually, in a young, healthy person, unless they have a cut on their skin , that would have brought her into her blood, it would probably be the urine, especially in a female. "
Dan Schalck says Lilliana was treated for strep several years ago, and every time her doctor saw her he said she was "the picture of health."
The family is still in shock. They say they're forever heartbroken and appreciate the respect they've been shown so far.
We would like to express our utmost appreciation to you for your support and support from friends, teachers, coaches and administrators at Highlands Middle and High Schools, her extended family at Premier Athletics, plus the entire cheer community across this whole country, and most of the good people of Fort Thomas. Lilliana's memory on an almost daily basis.
Apparently, an underlying strep infection overwhelmed her immune system with little or no warning, and catastrophic results. We knew this report was coming and honestly have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand it changes nothing for us. But, on the other hand, we would not wish it any longer.
We are still in shock as we navigate through the most difficult time imaginable-we find new 'firsts' and 'loads' every day. Sincerely,
The Schalck Family