A teenager’s sudden death has hit home with many parents.
Jessie Malcolm, 19, a freshman at Tallahassee Community College, died a day after complaining of a sore throat.
The call received by Malcolm’s mother was probably the same call many parents of college freshman receive.
On Monday, Jessie called home to tell her mother she was not feeling well.
She told her she had a sore throat and what seemed to be flu-like symptoms.
After not hearing from her daughter again, Jessie’s mother called a friend at the school to check in on her daughter for her.
Sadly, when the friend arrived at Jesse’s room, she was unresponsive.
Later Tuesday, she was pronounced dead.
Currently, doctors are just as stunned as everyone else regarding her death. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
Jessie was very active in high school as well as being a member of the cheerleading squad.
Additionally, she was a member of the Jacksonville Academy of Gymnastics, where she competed at the state level.
She remained physically active in college, with no apparent health problems.
Rumors of meningitis have already started to circulate, but doctors said it is too early to name that as the cause of her death.
A local doctor provided a bit more insight to what may have happened.
The Director of the Duval County Medical Foundation, Dr. Sunlil Joshi, stated, “Well, if it’s not that [meningitis], then an acute headache that leads to death within minutes or hours you think about a hemorrhage or an aneurysm.”
One cannot help but feel for her parents, as there is surely no greater loss than suffering through the death of a child, especially one so young with such a promising future ahead of her.