A college rowing team just lost one of their top rowers.
Samantha Scott, a 23-year-old student and rowing team member at Kansas State University, died on Saturday of a rare bacterial infection that was initially believed to be tonsillitis.
According to Fox News, it was later discovered that Scott was actually suffering from Lemierre’s syndrome, a bacterial infection that begins in the throat.
Disease turns deadly
Scott, who was originally from Colorado, died after her Lemierre’s syndrome went untreated.
The disease is usually not fatal if the patient receives timely treatment.
Those suffering from the infection “may experience a sore throat, fever and swelling of the internal jugular vein,” Fox reported. “Without treatment, pus-filled tissue can spread to organs.”
Fox noted that the infection can be treated “with prolonged courses of intravenous antibiotics, although surgery of the internal jugular vein may be required if treatment fails.”
Those who go without treatment may also suffer from deadly complications like bone infections and meningitis, according to Fox.
Coach, teammates mourn top college athlete
K-State Sports reported that Scott “was a four-year member of the rowing team and the squad’s top coxswain this season.”
The 23-year-old was an architectural engineering major who performed well academically.
Her rowing coach, Patrick Sweeney, said Scott was “well-liked by all of her teammates and had such a big impact on our program both on and off the water.”
“We are still in a state of shock,” Sweeney added, “and we will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Scott will surely be missed.