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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Ashland County Coroner’s Office Releases Cause of Mapleton School Teen's Death

The sudden death of a Mapleton High School student during homecoming festivities in 2023, has left the community in shock and grief. The Ashland County Coroner's Office has now released the cause of death, shedding light on the tragic event.


On September 29, 2023, Breanne McKean, a 17-year-old female student at Mapleton High School, collapsed during the homecoming festivities before a football game. McKean, who was on the homecoming court, succumbed to her condition despite immediate medical attention. The incident sent shockwaves through the school and community, leading to the suspension of the Mapleton and South Central football game at halftime.


According to the Ashland County Coroner's Office, McKean's death was attributed to a condition called Myocarditis, specifically caused by the Rhino-/Enterovirus. Myocarditis involves the inflammation of the heart muscles, which can compromise the heart's ability to efficiently pump blood. Symptoms of myocarditis include chest pain, shortness of breath, and irregular heart rhythms.


Various viruses have been linked to myocarditis, including those responsible for common colds, such as adenovirus. It is important to note that Myocarditis can also be a complication of COVID-19, hepatitis B and C, parvovirus, gastrointestinal infections (echoviruses), mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus), and German measles (rubella). These infections can result in inflammation of the heart muscle, leading to potential complications.


Besides viral infections, other factors can contribute to the development of myocarditis. Bacterial infections caused by organisms like staphylococcus, streptococcus, and bacteria responsible for diphtheria and Lyme disease can also cause this condition. Additionally, certain parasites transmitted by insects, such as Trypanosoma cruzi and toxoplasma, can lead to myocarditis.


Furthermore, fungal infections, particularly in individuals with weakened immune systems, have been associated with myocarditis. Examples of fungi that can contribute to this condition include yeast infections like candida, molds such as aspergillus, and histoplasma, which is often found in bird droppings.


Inflammatory diseases like lupus, Wegener's granulomatosis, giant cell arteritis, and Takayasu's arteritis can also result in myocarditis. Certain medications or illegal drugs can induce myocarditis as well, including cancer treatments, antibiotics like penicillin, some antiseizure medications, and cocaine. Exposure to chemicals and radiation, such as carbon monoxide and radiation therapy, can sometimes cause inflammation of the heart muscle.


In most cases, myocarditis resolves itself without permanent complications. However, severe cases of myocarditis can damage or weaken the heart muscles, leading to inadequate blood circulation throughout the body. This can result in blood clots forming in the heart, increasing the risk of stroke and heart attacks.


Prevention of myocarditis is challenging as there is no specific preventive measure. Viral infections, which are a common cause, can be prevented to some extent through practicing good hygiene, including washing hands regularly and minimizing exposure to individuals with known infections.


The tragic death of Breanne McKean, a Mapleton High School student during homecoming festivities, was a devastating event for the community. The Ashland County Coroner's Office has determined that Myocarditis, caused by the Rhino-/Enterovirus, was the cause of her untimely passing. Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, can have various causes, including viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections, as well as inflammatory diseases and certain medications or illicit drugs.


While most cases of myocarditis resolve without complications, severe cases can lead to heart muscle damage and complications such as blood clots. It is crucial to continue educating individuals about the signs and symptoms of myocarditis, as early detection and treatment can significantly improve outcomes.


As the community mourns the loss of Breanne McKean, We ask that you keep the family and friends of Breanne McKean in your thoughts and prayers.

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Marcie Renee
Marcie Renee
17 feb.

You go into great detail about known causes of Myocarditis....yet...miss the most obvious one that has been rampant in young people since 2021. What has happened to real journalism? We have an excess mortality problem going on around the world that started in 2021, with many young healthy people dying suddenly. Two healthy teenagers I know suddenly needed heart surgery. Can we PLEASE just say the elephant in the room? COVID VACCINE is the #1 cause of heart damage in young people now- how many people even knew of myocarditis before this? How unheard of was it for a healthy young person to just die suddenly? WAKE UP PEOPLE!

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