Teen Dies After Doctors Confuse The Flu With A Strep Infection

Alicia Farmer
January 10, 2018

Alyssa Alcaraz, of Visalia, died December 17 of cardiac arrest, which was brought on by septic shock from a strep infection in her blood, KFSN in Fresno reported. No one thought it would be the middle school student's last concert.

Her mother, Keila Lino, wrote on Christmas Day that the family visited Alyssa's favorite spot, bringing along some of the girl's stuffed unicorns, which she took everywhere.

The first signs of trouble came after Alyssa got home from school days earlier. "I remember she arrived home from college and that I was awakened and that I presumed she has probably received food-poisoning she's definitely going to be OK", sister Mariah Alcaraz recalled. Alyssa's mom, who did not want to go on camera, said doctors told them her daughter had the flu. Within hours, Alyssa's organs started shutting down and her family said she coded six times. Alyssa was held home from school for many days, however, her situation did not improve.

"Outgoing and attractive soul" loved singing, science, baking and spending time with her family, read the obituary of the Green Acres Middle School student. When the doctor there saw that her oxygen levels were low, she was rushed to a hospital, KFSN reported.

She was raced to Kaweah Delta Medical Center.

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"Alyssa needed a passion for music, not just a day passed that she wouldn't yell her tiny spirit outside".

Alyssa's death certification indicated she went into cardiac arrest and septic shock from a blood infection, something that nobody suspected she had. "Overall she was an incredible person and will be greatly missed by all of us".

A celebration of Alcaraz's life was held December 29, 2017, at the Tulare Community Church, a GoFundMe for her family raised more than $4,500 for her funeral costs.

A GoFundMe page was made to help the Alcaraz family.

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