A Florida 15-year-old died unexpectedly on May 23 from complications from MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), according to reports.
He was dead about 10 days later, they said.
“He was perfectly healthy, perfectly healthy,” said Julius Sudderth, the boy’s father.
— WESH 2 News (@WESH) May 24, 2019
The teen’s health problems started when he appeared to break his foot during a basketball game about 11 days ago, leading to a hospital visit. The next day, he was injured during football practice, his father explained, adding that he was also hospitalized for that.
“I thought we were going to be here for three hours, he’d get an inhaler and we’d go home, we had plans to go fishing,” he said, adding that the boy also felt a pressure in his chest and was hospitalized a third time, according to the report.
Trey’s condition got worse and worse.
“The last thing he said to me is ‘I want to go home’, and I said ‘we can’t do that,'” Sudderth said.
It all started when he came to the hospital for a fractured foot from a pick-up basketball game about 11 days ago. https://t.co/5xiJub7pLl
— First Coast News (@FCN2go) May 24, 2019
Trey had developed MSRA and developed blood clots in his lungs and legs. He also suffered cardiac arrest three times and was placed on life support. Over the weekend, he had severe brain damage, his parents said.
“He was so dedicated, he wanted to prove to everyone he was one of them for this football season, he worked so hard every day,” Roxana Sudderth, his mother, said.
Medical website WebMD says MSRA is difficult to treat because it is resistant to some types of antibiotics. It’s sometimes called a “super bug.”
Our deepest sympathies as well as our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former Bartram Trail jv football player Trey Sudderth who was taken from this earth way too soon due to complications from a blood clot. Go leave heaven better than you found it! #FlyHigh pic.twitter.com/Mam0vNSxlm
— BTHS BEARS FOOTBALL (@BTHS_Football) May 23, 2019
“Most often, it causes mild infections on the skin, like sores, boils, or abscesses. But it can also cause more serious skin infections or infect surgical wounds, the bloodstream, the lungs, or the urinary tract,” the website says.
It adds: “MRSA infections are common among people who have weak immune systems who are in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care centers. Infections can appear around surgical wounds or invasive devices, like catheters or implanted feeding tubes.”
The entire TCA family is heartbroken over the tragic passing of one of our students, Trey Sudderth. Trey was a great student and embodied the TCA spirit. His presence will be deeply missed by our students and faculty. We are praying for and supporting the Sudderth family.
— Trinity Christian (@TCAJAX) May 24, 2019
According to WESH, Sudderth’s parents aren’t sure how their son contracted MSRA.
They said the teen died on May 23 at 2 p.m. and appreciate the words of support.
The First Coast News report said they are hoping to inspire every parent to cherish their child, saying that life is precious.
“Give it all you’ve got, every day, that’s what he did, every day,” his mother said.