"Obviously, an underlying strep infection has overwhelmed their immune system with little or no warning and catastrophic consequences," said Lilliana Schalck's family in a statement. "We would not wish this nightmare to anyone."
But Lilliana's family said in the statement that a public report on their autopsy report "could help prevent a similar outcome for someone else."
"Lilliana would certainly help if she could, and this is just an extension of that spirit."
Lilliana had warmed up on February 23 at her All-Star competition when her hands went numb and her feet tingled, her dad Dan Schalck told ABC News in February.
"I somehow put her aside and maybe wanted to bring her some liquid," Schalck said. "She was getting weaker, she just did not behave herself."
Lilliana was brought to the emergency department of the Nationwide Children's Hospital.
"In the intensive care unit, they worked on her," her father said, referring to the intensive care unit. "At some point, I could come closer and hold her hand, at which point, they just could not do anything anymore."
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Lilliana was found to have a widespread infection due to Group A (GAS) streptococci, the same bacteria causing throat infections, as the autopsy report by ABC News shows on Friday. The coroner cultivated the bacteria from their blood, spinal fluid, meninges, and lungs.
Although GAS more commonly causes minor infections such as sore throat and impetigo (a superficial skin infection), it can also lead to serious and life-threatening infections such as cellulitis (a deeper skin infection), necrotizing fasciitis (such as eating "disease", pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome. About 11,000 to 13,000 cases of invasive GAS disease occur each year in the United States, compared to the millions of non-invasive GAS infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers 1,600 people developing invasive GAS disease
Meanwhile, Lilliana's family said they "are in shock while navigating the hardest conceivable time – we find new" firsts "and" loads "every day. [19659003Thefamilyalsoexpressed"theappreciationofloveandsupportfromtheirfriendsteacherscoachesandadministratorstotheHHighMiddleandHighSchoolstheirextendedfamilyatPremierAthleticsandtheentireJubileecommunityacrossthecountryandespeciallythegoodpeopleofFortThomas"
" We are so grateful and honestly overwhelmed by those who seek new ways to support Lilliana's memory almost daily, "the family said.
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