Fifteen-year-old cheerleader Yunique Morris had been complaining about chest pains for weeks.
According to Fox 40, the high school student went to San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, California, in late June to find out what was causing her pain.Screenshot/Fox 40
At the time, the young girl was diagnosed with chest wall pain.
According to the Mayo Clinic, chest wall pain is also known as costochondritis. It is the result of inflamed cartilage between the chest bone and the rib cage, which causes a sharp pain that mimics a heart attack.
Morris was prescribed pain medication, antibiotics, and rest.Screenshot/Fox 40
But it wasn’t the end of her health journey. Morris’s grandmother, Wanda Ely, told Fox 40 that the girl’s symptoms became progressively worse:
“Her health just started going downhill. It got to the point where she couldn’t even go up and down a flight of stairs without getting out of breath.”
The girl’s family returned with Morris to the hospital but was discharged again. The grandmother told Fox 40 that Morris’s mom asked for an X-ray and other tests, but was told it wasn’t necessary.
For two weeks, Morris suffered from pains in her chest before she sent her mother a text message:
I NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL, I JUST PASSED OUT, I’M THROWING UP NOW.
Morris’s brother, Monte, drove her to the hospital where doctors were able to identify blood clots in her chest. Sadly, she died hours later.Screenshot/Fox 40
Ely told Fox 40:
“My [grand]daughter had no idea that her condition would deteriorate into her own death like that.”
The family is waiting for an autopsy report to determine whether the hospital was to blame for not finding and treating the blood clots earlier.
On social media, many people were surprised the hospital didn’t do more to test for blood clots:
According to the American Society of Hematology, blood clots normally help to stop bleeding when blood vessels are injured. Normally the body dissolves the blood clots, but in some situations the clots do not dissolve and can become extremely dangerous.
Some of the symptoms of blood clots in the chest can include:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeat
- High fever
Diagnosis and treatment can vary depending on where the blood clots are located and the severity of them.
While the family waits for the results of the autopsy, they are celebrating Morris’s life and her impact on her community.GoFundMe
Morris is being remembered by her friends and family on GoFundMe as a “shining star” and “Love personified.”
She was a daughter, a sister, a friend, and an honor roll athlete.