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Friday, July 25, 2008


I have been asked on numerous occasions if there is any research going into Lemierre's Syndrome or charity or research efforts someone can donate to? I don't know the answer to this question I haven't seen any researching efforts online. I know they did research this back in he 90s in Denmark I believe. If anyone reading this knows of something going on like that please email me or post a comment and let us know.

My mom emailed Kay Quinn to let her know we are ready to do an interview when they are, so it is in the works... I will keep you all updated.

Gordie sent me an email and let me know about his battle with Lemierre's, Thank you Gordie!!! And he said he is working with people in his area getting the word out and learning more about this disease.

Thank you to everyone that is helping us get the word out about this disease! My biggest wish is that someone at one of the University Hospitals in the US will do another study on this disease, there is so much that is unknown about this thing! I'm not sure if its unknown or just not talked about or taught to our Dr's ??? And there are so many people now that have had it or will get it. The last study done said only 120 people have had it in 100 years (that was in the 90) that is so out of date. 5 teenagers (that I have heard of) have had it in the St. Louis area alone in the last 3 years. Justin being one of them. I read online at that in order for a disease to be considered rare it has to effect less then 200,000 people. so I guess this disease is still considered rare b/c of that. I found 2 women on that website that had this disease as well.
Well I will never give up on this fight on getting the word out and demanding more research. I post this website as much as I can! I even have it set up as my signature so it goes to everyone that receives an email from me. In California we stayed at Residence Inn and I placed this website as their home page when someone opened up the Internet n their 2 computers they had for customer use. I think we had over 120 hits each day on Sat and Sun when I did that. And I will keep doing little things like that until we learn more!
Thanks for listening and helping me.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Two teenagers in Stark County Ohio have been diagnosed. They live within two miles of each other an attended the same school. Sounds life threatening and the mother of one of the patients was told not to be surprised if the CDC contacts her to try and find a link.

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Justin's news article in the West Magazine

This was taken from

Rockwood student dies rapidly from little-known disease
By Diane Plattner

In April, Eureka High School student Justin Rodgers began to complain of a severe sore throat and was dead approximately one month later from an unfamiliar disease. Now, his mother hopes to spread awareness about the deadly disease.
Justin died in the early morning hours of May 12, the day after Mother’s Day, after losing a battle with Lemierre’s Syndrome, a serious bacteria that is not well-known and even doctors are prone to misdiagnose the disease. Unfortunately, Rodgers’ doctor was among that group after initially diagnosing him with strep throat on April 11, said Sheryl Rodgers, Justin’s mother.
“Justin had said, ‘Mom, this is the worst sore throat I’ve ever had in my life,’” Rodgers said.
She said that Justin’s doctor took no throat culture and gave her son medicine for strep throat. She said her son’s condition worsened over the next few days during which he had increased high fever, chest pain and a lump in his neck. On April 14, Rodgers took her son to St. Anthony’s Hospital, which transported him overnight to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital where he underwent extensive testing, including X-rays and blood work, Rodgers said.
Rodgers said that hospital officials diagnosed him with Lemierre’s Syndrome, a bacteria that can surface after mouth trauma. Last July, Justin was in a car accident that resulted in mouth injuries that required him to get major dental work, including a recent new tooth. In addition, Justin had suffered a broken nose just before the onset of his sore throat, his mother said.
“I wonder if all this woke up the bacteria, which was already living in the body,” Rodgers said.
The last time Rodgers saw him fully awake was a few days later, when hospital officials decided to place her son on a respirator and sedate him with drugs.
“He was out of it but still with us then,” Rodgers said. “He would frown when the doctors worked on him. So he had some responses.”
However, Justin’s lungs kept collapsing, prompting hospital doctors by April 25 to place him on an ECMO machine to help rest his lungs and heart. Doctors at that point also put him into an induced coma, Rodgers said.
“At that point there was no response from Justin,” Rodgers said. “Still, I talked to him and rubbed his sore spots to let him know we were there.”
By Mother’s Day, Justin was leaking too much blood, prompting doctors to decide to remove him from the ECMO, a move they said was risky if his lungs were not healed enough.
“Once they took him off the ECMO, Justin’s face was getting gray,” Rodgers said. “He was holding his own for a few hours, but then he starting going downhill.”
Justin died early the next morning following Mother’s Day with his immediate family, including three older siblings, by his side, Rodgers said.
“He was our baby,” Rodgers said. “I think the hospital tried to keep him going so he did not die on Mother’s Day.”
The tragedy is not the first for the Rodgers family. They also lost a 4-year-old child in a horseback riding accident and had a stillborn child many years ago, Rodgers said.
“I thought God could not possibly do this to us again,” Rodgers said. “I asked why again, why us. But there is no answer. Here we are walking on egg shells again.”
Rodgers said she was at least thankful that Justin’s funeral was so big that people were standing outside, a huge tribute to his life. She also hopes to honor his life with a campaign to help spread awareness about Lemierre’s Syndrome, which she said often hits people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is not spread by kissing but instead lives in the body, she said. Her goal is to make people, including doctors, more aware of its symptoms so they are not mistaken for strep throat.
“I do not want Justin to have died in vain,” Rodgers said. “This is one bad bacteria. It is very serious. People should not treat it lightly.”
To learn more about Lemierre’s Syndrome, visit the Rodgers’ family Web site at