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February 17, 2014 (Santee) – Jackie Billings, mother of three, has been declared brain dead from meningitis, 10 News reports. She worked at a Santee Starbucks and had been fighting the flu for a couple of weeks before being admitted to Sharp Memorial Hospital, her husband told 10 News.
Twelve hours later, the meningitis had spread to her spine and left her brain dead, though she remains on life support so that her organs may be donated.
The tragedy comes o the heels of the death of Patrick Henry High School student Jewelean Pimentel just three days earlier of a suspected meningitis bacterial ineffective.
Symptoms of meningitis include fever, stiff neck, severe headache and rash with pinpoint purple dots. Seek immediate treatment if you suspect meningitis, health experts urge.