Melody Albrecht

Melody’s Story

On July 5, Melody Albrecht’s son, Drew, came home from football camp practice with a bad headache, which both Melody and her husband thought was due to heat exhaustion. The next day Drew’s condition continued to worsen, and he was brought to the hospital. Unable to find anything definitively wrong, the doctors sent Drew home. Within minutes of arriving home, Drew suffered a seizure and had to be rushed back to the hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma. Less than 24 hours later, Drew was diagnosed as brain dead and passed away. It was then Melody learned that her son had contracted meningococcal disease, a very serious but vaccine-preventable bacterial infection.

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