Kentucky cheerleader, who died after falling ill in a cheerleading competition in February, had a major strep infection, her family said.
Lilyana Schalk, a student at Highlands Middle School, complained she felt bad at a time of competing with cheerleaders. in Columbus, Ohio, on February 23rd. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died. The 13-year-old was taken to the National Children's Hospital. A few hours later the teenager is dead.
The family said in a statement that Schalk had an "underlying streptococcal infection," said Fox 19.
"Certainly, the primary strep infection affects the immune system her system with little or no warning and catastrophic results, "says a family statement according to FOX 1
" We knew this report came and frankly mixed feelings for him, "Schalk's family said in a statement. On the one hand, it does not change for us, but on the other hand, we would not want this nightmare to anyone, and maybe this report could help prevent someone from coming out of it. "Liliana would certainly have helped if she could, and that's just a sequel to that spirit."
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Teen's father Dan Shalk said his daughter treated him for streptococcus a few years ago, saying the doctors told them his daughter was "the picture of health."
Fox News "Alexandra Hein has contributed to this report