Kalamazoo Gazette:Parchment teenager dies days after graduation

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By Nutternomore on Tue, 06-14-05, 07:56

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Parchment teenager dies days after graduation
Monday, June 06, 2005
Gazette Staff Reports

A 17-year-old boy who graduated from Parchment High School on Friday died early today after an apparent allergic reaction.

After his graduation open house Sunday afternoon, Mike Stuut was headed to another open house in Lake Doster when he became sick, said the teen's mother, Linda Stuut.

Stuut pulled his vehicle over and let a friend drive the rest of the way to the open house, Linda Stuut said.

When the friends arrived at the Lake Doster residence, rescue workers were called, she said.

"Then things just spiraled downward," Linda Stuut said.

By the time his parents met him at Pipp Community Hospital in Plainwell, the teen was covered in a rash, and he was having difficulty breathing.

He also was in a lot of pain, his mother said.

He died about 3 a.m. today at the hospital. Linda Stuut said family members are awaiting autopsy results on a cause of death.

Family members were not aware that the teen had any food allergies, she said.

"Something went terribly wrong," Linda Stuut said.

The teenager was a member of Parchment's calculus team and was planning to attend Western Michigan University this fall to study computer science. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts and was working to become an Eagle Scout, his mother said.

"He was a very nice kid, a great kid," said Parchment High School Principal Scott Karaptian. "He was well known and very well liked."

Linda Stuut said this morning that funeral arrangements have not been completed. A memorial service will be held at North Park Reformed Church, Karaptian said.

Besides his parents, Mike Stuut is survived by two older sisters, Andrea and Alison.

"He was just a good kid," Linda Stuut said of her son this morning. "Every night he always said, 'I love you' before he went to bed. It's very hard.

"Very hard."

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By Ethans mommy on Tue, 06-14-05, 13:45

How so very sad...I actually had tears in my eyes as I was reading.

Prayers to his family and friends.

so close to home I also live in Michigan.

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By synthia on Tue, 06-14-05, 14:29

My hearts goes out to the family.

God give me strength
The loss of another child

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By cofafmelinda on Wed, 06-15-05, 17:42

I am sorry to hear about this as well. I also live in Mi. Our hearts go out to the family and I have passed this to the rest of our local support group to view as well.

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By Jana R on Sat, 11-12-05, 18:38

In trying to find out more about food allergy deaths, I found this teen's blog:
[url="http://www.greatestjournal.com/users/stuutloop/"]http://www.greatestjournal.com/users/stuutloop/[/url]

Reading his last entry is depressing.

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By Jana R on Sat, 11-12-05, 18:43

More:

[i][b]
Ruptured aorta may have killed teen[/b]
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
(Kalamazoo)Gazette Staff Reports

A rare congenital condition may have contributed to the death of a 17-year-old boy who died Monday just three days after graduating from Parchment High School.

An autopsy was inconclusive on Monday in listing a cause of death, but Linda Stuut said family members learned that her son Mike suffered from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, an inherited condition that may have caused his aorta to rupture. The disease is characterized by thin, translucent skin, easy bruising and an increased risk for arterial rupture.

After his graduation open house Sunday afternoon at his Cooper Township home, Mike Stuut was headed to another open house on Lake Doster when he became sick, family members have said.

Stuut pulled his vehicle over and let a friend drive the rest of the way to Lake Doster. When the teen and his friend arrived at the residence, rescue workers were called.

Stuut died about 3 a.m. Monday at Pipp Community Hospital in Plainwell.

Stuut was a member of Parchment's calculus team and was planning to attend Western Michigan University this fall to study computer science.

A ruptured aorta in a teenager "is extremely rare," said Dr. William Campbell, a Kalamazoo cardiologist.

Campbell said he has never seen a case in a teenager in 26 years of practice, unless it was associated with severe trauma such as an automobile accident.

Some cases of ruptured aortas have been associated with a congenital condition called Marfan's syndrome, he said.

Funeral arrangements had not been finalized this morning, but they are being handled by Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Homes in Plainwell. A church service is also being scheduled for Mike Stuut at North Park Reformed Church, 1316 Barney Road, the church to which his family belongs, Linda Stuut said. [/i]

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By MommaBear on Sat, 11-12-05, 22:51

Triple A's (abdominal aortic aneurysm) run in our family. As do other connective tissue disorders and immunological/genetic concerns such as lupus, eczema, allergies, and asthma, ulcers, and certain anemias.

There is also a tendency towards double jointed-ness, lax ligaments, long lean torsos, and joint disease. (Sounds like a bit much, but generally, we're a sturdy lot)

My father died from a AAA, as did his brother, and his mother from an aneurysm.

When my cubs are old enough, and possibly in the near future, I intend to request that their physician (or other qualified expert) screen them for occult aneurysms and other vascular malformations. Probably before they are 18. No advice, just my personal thoughts. I could be way off.

General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Just describing my own personal highly individual and unique situation. I could be way off.

[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited November 12, 2005).]

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By Kathy L. on Sun, 11-13-05, 02:42

I understand this boy didn't die from a food allergic reaction, but I was wondering, if during an autopsy will a rast test still work on blood? I mean, the first thing I thought of is that the family would want to know the cause of death and if it was a food allergy, can they tell after death?

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By Jana R on Mon, 11-14-05, 21:24

I've seen a couple of references to previously unknown food allergies being diagnosed after a death so there must be a way to determine that.

The original article mentioned a rash which might be how their first diagnosis was an allergic reaction. Mommabear - do you know if this might "just" be the skin condition mentioned in the later article as a symptom of the aorta disorder or is it possible he had an allergic reaction that his weakened heart couldn't survive?

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By nate fabijancic on Thu, 11-10-11, 18:40

hey he was a really good football player and everyone loved and respected him R.I.P MIKE i know i go to galesburg but i used to go to parchment but he was a well loved kid allways in our minds-nathen fabijancic

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By nate fabijancic on Thu, 11-10-11, 18:41

hey this is austin we will all love and miss you

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