USF remembers Rachel Futterman

USF remembers Rachel Futterman

There are 40 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Sep 24, 2007, titled USF remembers Rachel Futterman. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

Tampa, Florida University of South Florida students struggled to cope Monday evening, as they gathered at USF's MLK Plaza to remember 19-year-old Rachel Futterman.

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sad

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Sep 24, 2007
My son got VIRAL meningitis in May and there were some very telling symptoms that something was terribly wrong. He was sick with flu like symptoms but he had a terrible headache (migraine) and he could not touch is chin to his chest, terrible chills, too. He spent 36 hrs in the hospital.
I cannot imagine this poor girl felt good all evening and it's too bad it wasn't diagnoses sooner.
Celeste

Plant City, FL

#2 Sep 24, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to Rachel's family and friends. In March 1998 I contracted Streptococcal Bacterial Meningitis, was in the hosp. for 12 days on heavy duty antibotics, and in isolation, in intensive care for 5 of those days. I am a single mom, my son was 8 months old at the time, and I had no idea what I had. My symptoms included a severe earache, a very severe headache, worse than a migraine, and disorientation. They told me if I had not gotten to hospital when I did, another 2 hours and I would've been gone. Fortunately, I survived with minor hearing loss. These symptoms should not be taken lightly. If you develop any of the flu-like symptoms, please seek medical attention. If it turns out to be "just" the flu, or "just" a migraine, then you will have something to be thankful for.
Again, my thoughts and prayers are with Rachel's family and friends.
Diana Libby

Utica, NY

#3 Sep 24, 2007
My thoughts and prayers also go out to Rachel's family and friends, Such a pretty young lady..
Dan

Pearl, MS

#5 Sep 24, 2007
Rachel's family will be in my prayers.
Futterman family friend

Desoto, TX

#7 Sep 25, 2007
I keep reading Rachel came off the party bus Thursday night and started siezing, vomiting, etc. I want these questions answered by the media who are investigating this story.

1) If a sorority sister saw her siezing why wasn't 911 called immediately?

2) Why wasn't a nurse or someone on staff at the school consulted?

3) Why wasn't she taken to the hospital until Sat.?

4) Is there no adult supervision at any of these sorority houses? or at the university?

5) Is it not common sense for "someone" somewhere to have called 911 before it was too late?
Ali

Orlando, FL

#8 Sep 25, 2007
Futterman family friend wrote:
I keep reading Rachel came off the party bus Thursday night and started siezing, vomiting, etc. I want these questions answered by the media who are investigating this story.
1) If a sorority sister saw her siezing why wasn't 911 called immediately?
2) Why wasn't a nurse or someone on staff at the school consulted?
3) Why wasn't she taken to the hospital until Sat.?
4) Is there no adult supervision at any of these sorority houses? or at the university?
5) Is it not common sense for "someone" somewhere to have called 911 before it was too late?
Remember what you read or hear in the media is usually not eye-witness...it's "a friend of a sorority sister said...". I haven't heard AT ALL that she immediately stepped off a "party bus" and started having symptoms. Meningitis looks amazingly like the flu (vomiting, fatigue, achiness, etc.) in the beginning stages. Yes, once she starting having seizures someone should have been called...typically the damage has been done when it gets this far.
The Natole Family

Keene, NH

#9 Sep 25, 2007
We lived just down the street from Rachel for 10+ years and watched her grow to be a wonderful young lady. Her family is especially loving and her brothers were close to our sons. Our hearts also hurt tremendously for her family..
DG sister

Tampa, FL

#10 Sep 25, 2007
Futterman family friend wrote:
I keep reading Rachel came off the party bus Thursday night and started siezing, vomiting, etc. I want these questions answered by the media who are investigating this story.
1) If a sorority sister saw her siezing why wasn't 911 called immediately?
2) Why wasn't a nurse or someone on staff at the school consulted?
3) Why wasn't she taken to the hospital until Sat.?
4) Is there no adult supervision at any of these sorority houses? or at the university?
5) Is it not common sense for "someone" somewhere to have called 911 before it was too late?
1. She was not seizing when she got off the bus. Rachel was fine when she got off the bus, she was vomiting all day friday and had a seizer at 5am on saturday, and 911 was called immediately. On friday she only complained of a headace and nausea.
2. When someone is throwing up, just like any other time, you don't always call a nurse. when taken to the hospital numerous test were ran before the spinal tap, as the hosptial did not think it was menigitis
3. She did not have any other symptoms besides a headace and nausea until her seizer saturday
4. no there is no adult supervision in the house or in any dorms at USF or any other US campus for that matter.
5. Like I said before she was only nauseas until 5am on saturday and even said herslef that her head hurt and she was nauseas and wanted to sleep.

The sisters of Delta Gamma are feeling Rachel's loss more than you can imagine, she was a member of our family as well, that can never ever be replaced.
USF Mom

Portland, OR

#11 Sep 26, 2007
DG Sister - I am sorry you felt the need to answer questions on this board that didn't need to be. Only those close personal family and friends need to know, not the whole world.
As a member of the USF and Greek Family our hearts and prayers are with you and your sisters. Please honor her memory and live life to the fullest. You girls did nothing wrong, and did everything you could.
Animal Rights in Tampa

United States

#12 Sep 26, 2007
Prayers to all of those affected by this tragedy. I find it very disturbing that vaccinations against this deadly disease are only "suggested" yet not required. I have small children who are required to have vaccinations against diseases such as chicken pox, a disease that is rarely, if ever, fatal, yet a disease that kills hundreds of people annually is an optional vaccination?? I think we as a culture need to examine why that is.
El-Toro

Bradenton, FL

#13 Sep 26, 2007
Rachel Futterman was an adult...adults are respsonsible for their choices...she had the choice to be vaccinated or not...odds are she opted not to...she paid the price for her choice.

USF can't make her choice public due to student confidentiality laws...IMO, in the interest of public health they should be permitted to do so, but the law, is the law. If I were her parent I would do so at this time as it could save other students and in the future.
Futterman Deltona Friend

Dallas, TX

#14 Sep 26, 2007
Futterman family friend wrote:
I keep reading Rachel came off the party bus Thursday night and started siezing, vomiting, etc. I want these questions answered by the media who are investigating this story.
1) If a sorority sister saw her siezing why wasn't 911 called immediately?
2) Why wasn't a nurse or someone on staff at the school consulted?
3) Why wasn't she taken to the hospital until Sat.?
4) Is there no adult supervision at any of these sorority houses? or at the university?
5) Is it not common sense for "someone" somewhere to have called 911 before it was too late?
The Futterman Family and our family have been close friends for years. I very much so agree with you in the fact that, the so called sisters (that have only been "family" for a month) could and should have done more. If this how a Greek sorority behaves they should be closed. For they have no reguard for the human life. Rachel never had any issues until she got involved with what they are calling there family. Sad but very true. Only reason you have have any support sorority sisters are from your fellow alumni and it is always easier to defend the living. Because the deceased can not tell there side of the story. Sad that such a Beautiful and wonderful girl had to pay the price.
Former Sigma Chi at USF

Clermont, FL

#15 Sep 26, 2007
Futterman Deltona Friend wrote:
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The Futterman Family and our family have been close friends for years. I very much so agree with you in the fact that, the so called sisters (that have only been "family" for a month) could and should have done more. If this how a Greek sorority behaves they should be closed. For they have no reguard for the human life. Rachel never had any issues until she got involved with what they are calling there family. Sad but very true. Only reason you have have any support sorority sisters are from your fellow alumni and it is always easier to defend the living. Because the deceased can not tell there side of the story. Sad that such a Beautiful and wonderful girl had to pay the price.
FYI...College students ARE adults, and parents should know what happens on College Campuses, or even High Schools for that matter. This young woman's death was from a bacterial infection, not from a night of drinking (as of right now) nor from negligence on their part. The sororoties spend time with these girls before school begins and as I'm sure all of us know, their parents are the ones who foot the hefty bill for dues and the rent in the house. A sorority is by no means a church choir, but it is wrong to say that this is their fault in any way shape or form.

To all who have been saddened by this tragedy, nothing could have saved her, it was His will.
Futterman Deltona Friend

Dallas, TX

#16 Sep 26, 2007
Former Sigma Chi at USF wrote:
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FYI...College students ARE adults, and parents should know what happens on College Campuses, or even High Schools for that matter. This young woman's death was from a bacterial infection, not from a night of drinking (as of right now) nor from negligence on their part. The sororoties spend time with these girls before school begins and as I'm sure all of us know, their parents are the ones who foot the hefty bill for dues and the rent in the house. A sorority is by no means a church choir, but it is wrong to say that this is their fault in any way shape or form.
To all who have been saddened by this tragedy, nothing could have saved her, it was His will.
I am a nurse and if the so called sisters would have called after watching her vomit, fever and seisures for hours. They should have called someone. Even if the campus nurse. Not watch her and regroup from their own hangovers. They could have saved her life.
Former Sigma Chi at USF

Clermont, FL

#17 Sep 26, 2007
So are you calling it alcohol poisoning? It seems as if you are looking for someone to blame, yet you place no blame on the person herself, IF it was in fact due to alcohol. Get all the facts before you accuse. I understand you are a friend and are hurting, but do not take your grief out on those that were actually there for her. No one could have known the seriousness of the BACTERIAL ILLNESS, which this has been reported to be. Of course, casting stones would be the best way to get to the truth. I dont think so. Also, at what point do you believe that you know how long she was seizing for, and what makes you believe that the girls simply watched her vomit and such. I'm sure they were taking care of her as best as they could. Once again, my condolences to the family.
Former Sigma Chi at USF

Clermont, FL

#18 Sep 26, 2007
For those who didn't read the whole article....

On Monday, health officials confirmed she died of bacterial meningitis, a rare infection found where large groups of people cohabitate, including college dormitories and Greek houses.

“It is a bacteria that can live in a small number of people in the back of their throat. They're carriers. They're not sick, but if they transfer it, their friends… can come down with a form of this meningitis,” said Dr. Douglas Holt, director of the Hillsborough County Health Department.

Typically, Holt says, initial symptoms resemble the flu, so patients often don't know they have bacterial meningitis until it's too late.

“Usually it is a fairly sudden onset, probably within two and three days at the most. Sometimes it can be as quick as 12 hours,” Holt said.
Futterman Deltona Friend

Dallas, TX

#19 Sep 26, 2007
Former Sigma Chi at USF wrote:
For those who didn't read the whole article....
On Monday, health officials confirmed she died of bacterial meningitis, a rare infection found where large groups of people cohabitate, including college dormitories and Greek houses.
“It is a bacteria that can live in a small number of people in the back of their throat. They're carriers. They're not sick, but if they transfer it, their friends… can come down with a form of this meningitis,” said Dr. Douglas Holt, director of the Hillsborough County Health Department.
Typically, Holt says, initial symptoms resemble the flu, so patients often don't know they have bacterial meningitis until it's too late.
“Usually it is a fairly sudden onset, probably within two and three days at the most. Sometimes it can be as quick as 12 hours,” Holt said.
conviently left out the most important part "You" have left out...

Friends say the member of Delta Gamma sorority went on a party bus Thursday night, and as soon as she returned to the sorority house that night, she started seizing, vomiting and running a fever.

no one called for help over hours later.
Friend

Birmingham, AL

#20 Sep 26, 2007
I just want to clear the air..

1. Rachel did not ride the party bus back.
2. Rachel did not have a fever and she was not seizing Thursday night.
3. New Channel 10, has all the wrong information about that.

Placing blame on Delta Gamma and other friends is another way to cope with Rachel's death. It is another way, but not the right way.
El-Toro

Bradenton, FL

#21 Sep 26, 2007
There is usually more than one side to a story.
judgmental cow

Dunedin, FL

#22 Sep 26, 2007
... there's three sides to every story. One side, the other side, and the truth.

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