A 15-year-old girl died with numerous blood clots in her chest after doctors sent her away twice.

Now the family of Yunique Morris, 15, are accusing the hospital of negligence.

Morris was an active student and cheerleader at Weston Ranch High School in Stockton, California, but several weeks ago began complaining about chest pain.

She went to her doctor at San Joaquin General Hospital, where she was given antibiotics and pain medication for chest wall pain.

Her doctors said she would be fine, but in the following days, her condition got worse.

‘Her health just started going downhill,’ Yunique’s grandmother Wanda Ely told Fox 40.

‘It got to the point where she couldn’t even go up and down a flight of stairs without getting out of breath.’

So she went back to San Joaquin General, where she was sent away again.

Her mother even asked for an X-ray, but the family says doctors told them Yunique was experiencing inflammation and that was all.

However, on July 6, Yunique sent her mother a text message saying she needed to go to the hospital because she had passed out after throwing up.

Her older brother Monte took her to the emergency room at San Joaquin General Hospital, where doctors found several blood clots in her chest.

The 15-year-old girl died hours later.

Her family won’t know exactly what killed Yunique until next week, when an autopsy at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is completed.

They are currently raising money on GoFundMe for her funeral, which will be held on July 28.

The page describes Yunique as ‘a bright shining star on earth gone much too soon’.

‘Yunique Morris masqueraded as a typical teenager. She was a Great daughter, a Great Sister, a Great friend. An Honor Roll Student, Athlete and Cheerleader!’ the page says.

‘She was Love personified. She passed away suddenly.

‘It is with unfathomable grief that we prepare to do what no family should ever have to do. We are asking for donations to assist the family in covering these unexpected expenses, in the face of absolute grief.

‘She is missed and there is a void in our hearts. Thank you in advance for your donations and prayers in this difficult time, they are greatly appreciated.’

Original Story:

Several circumstances put athletes (and non-athletes) at increased risk for blood clots, which can break free and travel to the lungs—a pulmonary embolism:

  • traveling long distances (by car, bus, and airplane)
  • dehydration
  • any trauma to the extremities
  • immobilization
  • bone fracture or major surgery, etc.

Pulmonary embolisms can be life-threatening if gone undiagnosed or untreated.

Wimbledon Athletics, the athletic testing division of Wimbledon Health Partners, proactively tests student athletes at high schools, colleges, universities, and sports facilities for heart abnormalities that can cause sudden cardiac death and for vascular conditions, such as blood clots, to which athletes are prone.

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