Samantha Scott, a senior architectural engineering major and member of the Kansas State University rowing team, tragically passed away at age 23 due to a rare bacterial disease. Scott was battling Lemierre’s syndrome which led to her death on Saturday, October 27, according to the Wichita Eagle.
Lemierre’s syndrome is a rare and life-threatening bacterial infection that begins in the throat and spreads through lymphatic vessels.
“Samantha was a great leader for our program and more importantly a great person,” Kansas State rowing coach Patrick Sweeney said in a statement, via the Kansas City Star. “She was so well-liked by all of her teammates and had such a big impact on our program both on and off the water. We are all still in a state of shock, and we will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Scott was initially diagnosed with tonsillitis which was treated with antibiotics.
She was then hospitalized with pneumonia and ultimately the disease began attacking her lungs and heart. Symptoms of Lemierre’s Syndrome include sore throat and fever, so it is not an easily detected or diagnosable illness.
“We are all deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Samantha,” K-State athletic director Gene Taylor said. “The Scott family will remain in our prayers during this time, and we will provide all of the necessary support we can for their entire family and also the members of our rowing program as they cope with this devastating loss.”
The Kansas State football team will be honoring Scott with special helmet decals this weekend.
There is currently a GoFundMe account set up to help with the medical and funeral costs for Scott’s family. At the time of this writing, more than $5,400 of a $10,000 goal has been raised.
Our deepest condolences are with Scott’s family and friends during this difficult time.