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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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jennifer ruby said...

I just want you to know that Florence,Kentucky just had 2 deaths last month. Both people were 21 and went to the same urgent care.

Meredith said...

I am soo sorry to hear about your loss. I am 17 year old female and I have Lemierre's as well. It took the doctors 2 weeks to diagnose me with this. I followed the same path as Justin although they caught my blood clot very early. I truly want to thank your family for everything you have been doing to spread the knowledge of this disease because I know how fortunate I am to have survived. I was in the hospital 11 days and was just released 10 days ago and I am still on IV antibiotics and blood thinner shots at home. I had Med students and instructors coming into my hospital room watching and evaluating me to try and learn about this rare case. God Bless You all.

Christy Beazley said...

Rodgers Family,

I came across your website today and was moved by Justins story. I was diagnosed with Lemierre's in 1996. I was 16 and a healthy active teenager. My symptoms were similar ( sore throat, fever, chills). I had gone to the hospital with my mom but was sent home after I was told it was a cold/flu. Days later I remember waking up in the ER with tubes and wires coming out of me. I do not remember much of the week leading up to my hospital admission or even the weeks in which I was there.
I had 10% lung use, a JV clot and kidney failure amongst other things. I had lost 40lbs and was not able to eat at all. I was amazed at all the support from friends and family while I was in hospital. Even though I don't remember much I do however remember hundreds of people coming to visit me! People from my small town, church, highschool and some people I had never even met! The support was amazing! My family was by my side the entire time. I do not remember much but I do remember that. My mom would rub my back every night through my tears until I fell asleep.
I am happy to report I have had a clean bill of health since released in 1996. I function normally with only one kidney and still carry a JV clot. With regular ultrasounds and check up's my Dr's aren't concerned. I actually think I'm kinda attached to it It's been 13 years and I've gotten so used to telling people I have it. I have been able to play sports and continue with my life as would anyone else.

I work as a Paramedic today. I think maybe my new lease on life has inspired me to help others and to learn to experiece life to the fullest. My mom still calls me her "spur of the moment" daughter. :)

I admire your courage and fight for Justin's cause. I know he's watching down and appreciates the love and support,as did I when fighting this battle.

I would be honored to help in anyway possible to support the Lemierre's cause. Please let me know if you need help in any way.

With love from Canada,

Christy Beazley

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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