What good is knowing a thousand different ways to achieve an orgasm, get an abortion or avoid a social disease if you wind up dead before your 20th birthday?
One mom has begun an awareness campaign in response to the worst news a parent can ever receive… the death of her daughter.
No, it wasn’t a car crash, homicide, or some chronic disease like cancer.
The illness that claimed Madalyn Massabni’s life on her 19th birthday was like a lightning bolt out of a clear blue sky.
One day she was perfectly healthy. The next, officials were calling her next of kin.
So, what happened?
“I couldn’t understand how she got so sick, it all happened in 36 hours,” Massabni said. “She had a seizure in my arms and I never knew what a seizure looked like.”
Madalyn died within hours after her birthday from toxic shock syndrome, which is a rare but life-threatening bacterial infection.
Dr. Deven Kumar at Delray Medical Center’s satellite emergency department says most cases involve young women on their menstrual cycle.
“The tampon, if it’s left in for an extended period of time, unbeknownst to them, it can start to grow the staph-like bacteria, which can produce the toxin and it’s in an area that can go right into the blood stream into the body and make them very sick,” said Kumar.
The infection occurs when bacteria enters your body through an opening in your skin, such as a cut, sore, or other wound. Women who are not menstruating, men and children can also get TSS from a skin infection or a wound after surgery.
Mom began a foundation — ‘Don’t Shock Me’ — in her daughter’s name and is fighting for greater awareness, including more visible warnings on feminine hygiene packaging, as well as changes to the school health curriculum.
She is also trying to get “Maddy’s Law” passed in New Jersey, which would start educating students as early as fifth grade about TSS, and she wants warning signs posted in public restrooms to raise awareness.
“I will not give up until my very last breath,” Massabni said. “We’re going to save a lot of lives, and that’s really all that matters.”
TSS is often misdiagnosed with a stomach bug or the flu. Doctors say the symptoms are similar to the flu, but also include a high fever, low blood pressure, vomiting or diarrhea, a rash on your hands and feet, confusion, muscle aches and seizures. If you experience these symptoms, you should consult your doctor right away.
Maybe the Democrats can take a break from fighting for the right to end an unborn child’s life right up to the moment of his or her first breath and turn some of that activist energy to some ACTUAL women’s health issues.
And maybe activists can take a break from pushing this agenda:
WTF is happening? pic.twitter.com/4JW6l3fNW6
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 25, 2019
(We’ll not be holding our breath on either of those possibilities actually happening.)