(College) Student dies

Posted on: Tue, 09/18/2007 - 12:05pm
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

[b]Student dies from brain hemorrhage[/b]
Memorial service planned for this afternoon
Chelsea Merta | IDS | 9/18/2007

A 17-year-old IU student passed away early this morning, from what appears to have been a brain hemorrhage caused by a severe allergic reaction to something he ate.

Police responded to a medical assistance call at McNutt Delgado early Sunday morning when freshman Kareem Bacchus' roommate called the police, IU Police Department Captain Jerry Minger said.

"He had informed his friends that he was having an allergic reaction to something he ate at Malibu Grill," Minger said. "When the symptoms became worse very quickly, they called for help."

Bacchus was known to his friends at IU as a very talented and socially engaged student, Dean of Students Dick McKaig said. "He was elected vice president of McNutt, was very involved in coordinating the 9/11 memorial at McNutt and was a direct-admit student to Kelly School of Business."

A memorial service is planned for today from 4-7 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Gregorian Room, hosted by the Muslim Student Union, of which Bacchus was a member.

MSU President Myeda Hussain encourages everyone who knew Bacchus to attend to remember him and to honor his memory.

"We hope that those who knew Kareem will come to celebrate the life and tragic departure of a young, wonderful person," Hussain said.

Hussain also said that the family requests that friends honor Bacchus by not creating Facebook groups online. Many family members still do not know of Bacchus' condition, Hussain said.

Counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services will also be available at the memorial service to assist students coping with Bacchus' death.



Posted on: Tue, 09/18/2007 - 12:08pm
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Forgot the link:

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 12:37am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

I know it's Ramadan right now and I'm wondering if after sunset, he was so hungry he might not have been as careful about checking what he was eating as he usually is.
[b]Freshman dies after suffering allergic reaction[/b]
Student died Tuesday after several days on respirator
Chelsea Merta | IDS | 9/19/2007
Kareem Bacchus, a 17-year-old freshman, died shortly past midnight Tuesday after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.
The death of IU freshman Kareem Bacchus shocked his friends and family Tuesday morning, when the 17-year-old apparently suffered a brain hemorrhage caused after being treated for an allergic reaction to something he ate on Saturday evening.
Police responded to a medical assistance call from Bacchus

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 4:24am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I just do not want to think about this right now. Is this another case of not having/using an epi pen? A lesson for us all.

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 9:48am
April in KC's picture
Joined: 08/28/2006 - 09:00

My heart goes out to his family and friends. This is so sad.

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 9:51am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Yes, I should have first said how sad this is and send my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Even WITH an epi pen this could be any one of us. This is tragic. And so close to home.

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 12:03pm
Holly's picture
Joined: 01/28/2003 - 09:00

I sent an email to the girl who wrote the
article, asking if he used an epi pen.
He did. It's so sad..

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:05am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Indiana University freshman remembered for charisma, love of life
12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, September 20, 2007
By JAKE BATSELL / The Dallas Morning News
Nearly two days after Kareem Bacchus died at an Indiana hospital, stunned friends kept showering him with text messages.
"I know you won't get this, but I love you and wish only that you rest in peace," read one message sent to Kareem's cellphone on Wednesday. "Thanks for being so amazing every day of your life."
The popular 17-year-old graduate of Plano West Senior High School fell unconscious Saturday night, after playing tennis at Indiana University, where he was a freshman. He was placed on life support and died early Tuesday.
Family members said Kareem may have suffered a severe allergic reaction, possibly to something he ate, although official autopsy results are weeks away.
Police said friends helped Kareem back to his dorm room to administer allergy medicine, but his condition worsened.
Kareem was allergic to seafood, dairy products and peanuts, said his mother, Ann Bacchus. He was hospitalized this month for another allergic food reaction.
His sudden death reverberated from Bloomington, Ind., to Plano to Austin.
Loved ones in all three cities organized memorial services in his honor this week, as tributes continued to flow on the Internet and into his cellphone inbox.
Friends and family on Wednesday recalled Kareem's energetic personality and his smooth, deep baritone singing voice.
He was the lead bass for the Plano West choir and also performed in a separate mixed ensemble.
"He had a lot of charisma," his mother said. "Kareem loved the limelight. He loved being on stage. He totally lit up."
A versatile singer, Kareem was equally comfortable belting out the songs of Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and Elton John. Friends downloaded his songs on their iPods and watched videos of his solo performances on YouTube.
"You couldn't miss him, with the laughter and all the happiness of his being," said Kathy Hackett, head of choral activities at Plano West. "When he sang, the happiness was glowing."
Hansini Sharma, a longtime Plano friend who attends the University of Texas at Austin, said Kareem tackled everything "with a full heart," from friendships to academics to his role in the school musical, West Side Story.
"His optimism helped me be more optimistic," said Ms. Sharma, 18. "You would never see him without his huge smile plastered across his face."
Ms. Sharma said about 30 people gathered at UT this week to share memories of Kareem.
Indiana students have arranged at least two memorial services in his honor, said Dick McKaig, Indiana's dean of students.
Kareem quickly made his mark in Bloomington. Classmates elected him vice president of his dormitory, which is home to more than 1,000 students. And he won direct admission to Indiana's Kelley School of Business, which lets in only a small number of freshmen.
"Academically, he stood out," Dr. McKaig said. "Socially, he stood out. It's a very, very sad thing."
Kareem's mother said her son wanted to study in Spain and ultimately hoped to pursue a career in international business.
His interests extended well beyond singing

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 11:09am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

He really did have a beautiful singing voice

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:59pm
AlwaysAvoidAnaphylaxis's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

From the article, it sounds like he did get his "allergy medicine" but it may have been too late. He didn't have it with him it at the time. I know that when DS goes to college, I or his own chef will be there cooking for him.....................very very sad. It also sounds like he had another allergic reaction earlier this month too. Very sad. And he does have an incredible voice.

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 2:44am
Mom2Ian's picture
Joined: 02/26/2007 - 09:00

How sad!! Such a loss!!


Peanut Free Store

More Articles

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

Do you have a child with peanut allergies and an upcoming birthday? Perhaps you'd like to bake a...

Most nut butters provide all the same benefits: an easy sandwich spread, a great dip for veggies, a fun addition to a smoothie. But not...

Do you have a sweet tooth and more specifically a chocolate craving? Those with peanut allergies must...