Coroner: 3 Auburn Girls Died from Rare Illness

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Extensive tests by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in Atlanta show that three young Auburn
girls who died suddenly last year were all struck by the same rare

Lee County coroner Bill Harris said 7-year-old Katherine Langford, 10-year-old Kaylee Allison and 7-year-old Brianea Thomas died from Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, in June, August and November, respectively.

He said the deaths have been ruled natural and the families did not do or fail to do anything that contributed to their deaths.

Harris said the condition is very rare in children and assured the community that there is no bacterial or infectious disease running rampant in Lee County.

CDC pathologists and Montgomery medical examiner Dr. Stephen
Boudreau said nothing was found that linked the three deaths.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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