St. Francis counselor's health rapidl...

St. Francis counselor's health rapidly declined

There are 21 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 26, 2008, titled St. Francis counselor's health rapidly declined. In it, Newsday reports that:

After four excruciating days for LeeAnne Burke and her family, four days during which she was hospitalized, diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, placed in an intensive care unit and hooked up to a ventilator, ...

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ER Doc

Westbury, NY

#1 Jan 27, 2008
27? She didn't look 27 years old. Much older.
Medical Oversight Bureau

Westbury, NY

#2 Jan 27, 2008
That walk-in clinic doctor was a real genius, eh? The family should sue the incompetent moron for malpractice.
Tricia

Middletown, NY

#3 Jan 27, 2008
Losing my son at 17 back in 1994 to meningococcal meningitis I know too well the roller coaster ride the disease takes you on, up one moment, down the next and back again. My condolences to the family and my heart goes out to them.
sad

New Canaan, CT

#4 Jan 27, 2008
such a sad loss...
Gina

Ozone Park, NY

#5 Jan 27, 2008
I met her so many times. I ran errands for her. She is the type of person that would give you her jacket when you had none. She will always be remembered
Gina

Ozone Park, NY

#6 Jan 27, 2008
ER Doc wrote:
27? She didn't look 27 years old. Much older.
She was really 27 I go to the school.
Common Sense

Pearl River, NY

#7 Jan 27, 2008
Best wishes to the family in this difficult time! Know that you did all you could, know that the doctors did all they could, like every job doctors have to try to do the best they can. Not everyone that walks in to the ER with flu symtoms has B.M.... not everyone that walks in with a bad headache has a brain tumor. They rely on the best information and treat you with that knowledge. Rest in peace.
Yep

Bronx, NY

#8 Jan 27, 2008
How very sad for her family and her students. This is a terrible loss.
RISSYPETTO

United States

#9 Jan 27, 2008
I don't understand how you can get meningitis. Can you get it from making out with total strangers?
stacey

Massapequa, NY

#11 Jan 27, 2008
Poor family and students.
ctts

Parlin, NJ

#12 Jan 27, 2008
She's at home in heaven with her Lord. My prayers go out to her family
Lorinda

Bronx, NY

#13 Jan 27, 2008
My Deepest Condolences to her family. May she rest in peace with the angels.
tiredofit

Mcdonough, GA

#14 Jan 27, 2008
This is very sad, this story and the one about the young man who also died from menningitis. It is rather scary though, two cases on Long Island this past week...
Janet Evans

United States

#15 Jan 28, 2008
My heart goes out to yet another family who has lost a precious loved one from Bacterial Meningitis. I am one of three families in Cedar Rapids, IA who have lost their children within the past four years to this deadly disease. We knew little about meningitis and were not aware that a vaccine was available to help protect our children. This illness mimics the flu and even fools the doctors into a false diagnosis until it is too late. Our children died within 15 hours of the first “flu-like” symptoms. Families need to be educated on the risks, symptoms and prevention methods. Minutes count so it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately to save the life of your child. Early signs are: fever, leg pain, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin color. Classic signs are: headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fever, vomiting and a rash. Survivors can have long term disabilities such as brain damage, hearing loss, kidney failure, blindness and limb amputations. Adolescents and young adults have an increased risk of contracting this disease due to lifestyle factors. Since the bacteria is spread through air droplets and direct contact with someone who is infected, this age group is more susceptible from sharing items by mouth (water bottles, cigarettes, lip balm, eating utensils, kissing, etc.) Crowded living situations, such as dormitories and sleep away camps, add to the risk. A new vaccine (Menactra) protects against four of the five strains and has been recommended by the CDC beginning at age 11 through the college years. Our children died from a vaccine preventable disease. Parents, please don’t wait – vaccinate your children. Visit www.nmaus.org for valuable information.
Hmmm

United States

#16 Jan 28, 2008
Scary how she seemed to be getting better, then died anyway. R.I.P., and condolences to her family and friends.
Disgusted

West Babylon, NY

#17 Jan 28, 2008
ER Doc wrote:
27? She didn't look 27 years old. Much older.
You are a real Moron A girl is ded and all you can do is try to make light of it!!!
Chaz

New York, NY

#18 Jan 28, 2008
My older brother had this as a teenager. I remember him coming into my parents' bedroom and saying "I think I am going to die" because his head hurt so bad. He was in isolation for about 2 weeks and I remember that we weren't allowed to tell anyone what he had because it was so contagious and the hospital was worried that everyone would imagine they had it, and come in.

Looking back, I think how stupid it was to keep it a secret.

My heart goes out to her parents, who clearly tried to help their daughter and to whom they were obviously close.

May God and his angels take her in their arms.
George

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Jan 28, 2008
I am so shocked and saddened by this. I have known Larry Burke for years and how devoted he is to his family and Jesus Christ. This is a terrible blow. My prayers will be continually with Larry and his family. The whole family is a breath of fresh air. I know that God has taken LeeAnne into His wonderful Presence and she is bathed in His great light. Farewell LeeAnne! You leave behind a heartbroken family but I know they are grateful you were given to them even for so brief a time as they go on in the hope of being one day reunited with you forever in His presence.
hmmm

Manorville, NY

#20 Jan 28, 2008
Chaz wrote:
My older brother had this as a teenager. I remember him coming into my parents' bedroom and saying "I think I am going to die" because his head hurt so bad. He was in isolation for about 2 weeks and I remember that we weren't allowed to tell anyone what he had because it was so contagious and the hospital was worried that everyone would imagine they had it, and come in.
Looking back, I think how stupid it was to keep it a secret.
My heart goes out to her parents, who clearly tried to help their daughter and to whom they were obviously close.
May God and his angels take her in their arms.
All the information I see about the disease is that it is not highly contagious unless you have very close contact with the person (ie: kissing, sharing drinking glasses, etc). Are they mis-informing the public?
Josi

East Elmhurst, NY

#21 Jan 28, 2008
I am a student at SFP, and Ms. Burke truly is a bright spirit. Her death was unexpected and extremely saddening. However, it also provokes a scare thinking of how the nature of her illness presented symptoms similar to cold and flu symptoms a good deal of us are having right now. Let us hope this illness isn't spreading amongst our community.

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