My name is Nancy L. McNeill, and my reason for writing you in is regard to my daughter, deceased Latresha Yvette McNeill. On May 12th,
1998, Latresha came up stairs to my room holding her head, almost passing out. It was early morning, which meant I was a little dazed coming out of my sleep to see my daughter in this condition.
The night before she went to bed, she had spent an evening with her boyfriend, making plans for her high school prom. He stated she did not appear ill in any way. She also spoke with her older sister and was really excited about her upcoming prom.
I will explain as best as I can, the events that took place before her death. Latresha woke up at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for school She was a senior in high school and very particular about her appearance. She came up to my room complaining of a terrible headache. She was holding her head as if in agony and began to cry. After my Latresha came up to my room, I ran down to basement area to get her sister and proceeded to call 911. By the time emergency help arrived, it was too late, Latresha was unconscious, and her eyes were fixed upward. She told her sister while I was on the phone, that she was dying.
The medical emergency team called in a Neurology Specialist, and they worked feverishly to save my daughter, finally transporting her to a nearby hospital's trauma center. She lingered on for sixteen hours while on life support. Her friends which she had many came to visit her throughout that day. By nightfall even with the aid of technology she passed away.
As her mother until today, I still cannot understand fully what really happened to my little girl This is one of the reasons I am requesting this story be brought out to the public eye. It may prevent this from happening to someone else's sister, or daughter, at such a very young age. Latresha was only seventeen years old.
Latresha was born on August 24th, 1980. I had a very difficult delivery, and was in labor for 12 hours. She was in a breached position, and had to be delivered by caesarian section. After she was born I noticed two raised red bumps on her head. One on the crest of her head, the other on her front scalp line area. I was very upset and immediately asked the doctor what were these raised bumps. I also questioned the doctor as to why this happened, and they assured me that this was a common thing that occurs, called a Hemangioma.
As I continued to take Latresha for pediatric examinations, all the doctors continued to assure me that Latresha was doing fine. The pediatrician informed that these marks would go away that these Hemangiomas would go away, but one did not go away, which was discovered after autopsy report, by a pathologist This one, which resembled a large strawberry, continued to grow into the frontal lobe area of her brain, and continued to grow throughout her life of 17 years.
I feel that other mothers should know my story, and what can result when a Hemangioma is not treated and continues to grow. This one did not go away and resulted in Latresha's death. I do not want this to happen to another child. After speaking with the pathologist, she stated my daughter could not have lived past the age of 18 or 19 years old. Her brain was a mass.
There were no symptoms to alert me that Latresha had this condition. She was an active, attractive and talented normal appearing teenager. Latresha suffered from no apparent illness. She was an excellent dancer. She loved modern and jazz. Her tall slim build attributed to her beautiful gracefulness. It appears to be a silent killer, which is most dangerous. Please consider my story to save another child's life.
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