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by Barry Burch Jr.
Most of us never receive the opportunity to choose when or how we die. Sadly; however, in some instances of death, prevention is possible. One British family is dealing with the loss of a loved member who died suddenly from a cause that many are not knowledgeable about – toxic shock syndrome. The family in reaction has commenced a campaign in hopes of drawing attention to the deadly illness. Their 14-year-old daughter was killed by it after using a tampon for the first time, as reported by BBC News.
The young girl was Natasha Scott-Falber of Wales, and according to her family, she used the tampon correctly prior to her death back in February.
A family wrote in a message on Facebook, “Generally speaking, it is accepted knowledge that leaving a tampon in for too long can cause toxic shock syndrome. But in Natasha’s case… it was simply the introduction of the tampon into her body which caused the toxic shock syndrome to take effect.”
The family said that Natasha did show signs of infection, but that they accredited the symptoms to the norovirus she was diagnosed with the week before. Natasha died on Valentine’s Day, while in her room watching television.
The Falber family wants to honor their daughter by bringing as many people as they can up to speed on the severe dangers of toxic shock syndrome. They plan to start by contacting Public Health Wales and other well-known tampon companies to discuss how awareness can be raised around the condition.
“We are determined to make at least everyone in the U.K. aware of what the symptoms are, and what the risks are,” wrote the family.
According to FoxNews.com, Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare infection caused by toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria. It can be deadly. TSS also has a long standing history with super absorbent tampons, as reported by the May Clinic. The condition can affect men, children and postmenopausal women.
Barry is a scholar, who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics. Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com
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