A Kentucky cheerleader who had a cheerleading competition in February had an underlying strep infection, her family said.
Lilliana Schalck, a Highland Middle School student, complained that she felt sick in a cheerleader contest. She was taken to a nearby hospital on February 23 in Columbus, Ohio, where she died. The 13-year-old was brought to the nationwide children's hospital. A few hours later, the teenager was dead.
The family said in a statement that Schalck had an "underlying Strep infection," reported Fox 19.
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"Apparently an underlying strep infection has overwhelmed their immune system with little or no warning and catastrophic consequences," the family said, according to FOX 1
. "We knew that this report would come and, frankly, mixed feelings about it," said the Schalck family in a statement. For one thing, nothing changes for us. On the other hand, we would not wish this nightmare to anyone, and perhaps this report could help prevent a similar outcome for others. Lilliana would certainly help if she could, and this is just an extension of that spirit.
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. The teenager's father, Dan Schalk, said his daughter was treated for strep therapy several years ago. He said the doctors told them his daughter was "the picture of health."
Alexandra Hein of Fox News contributed to this report.