College athlete dies suddenly from rare disease
FORT MORGAN, Colorado (KDVR) -- A college athlete from Fort Morgan in northeast Colorado died suddenly from a rare disease.
Samantha Scott was on the rowing team at Kansas State University.
Two weeks ago she started not to feel well and initially, it was thought tonsillitis was to blame.
Her family said they later discovered it was Lemierre’s syndrome. The bacterial infection begins in the throat and spreads through the lymphatic vessels.
Symptoms can include sore throat and fever, followed by swelling of the internal jugular vein.
It's a fast-acting bacteria that can take over a person's body quickly if not treated soon enough.
A GoFundMe page is set up to help Scott's family with medical bills and funeral expenses. They hope to establish a scholarship in Scott's name.