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Medical Examiner: Neisseria sepsis cause of death of Madison Small

Madison Small, a senior at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, died Tuesday after showing symptoms for neisseria sepsis, the chief medical examiner’s office reported April 10. Courtesy photo/Twitter
Neisseria sepsis was the cause of death for Ashburn's Broad Run High student Madison Small, who died April 7 after getting sick with the illness, according to Nancy Bull, the northern district administator for the Virginia Medical Examiner's Office.

The office would not comment further than cause and manner of death.

Dr. David Goodfriend, the director of Loudoun's Health Department, issued a release this morning stating there was a confirmed death from meningococcal meningitis.

In an interview with the Times-Mirror, Goodfriend said Small's cause of death, neisseria sepsis, can lead to meningococcal meningitis.

Small was a softball player in her senior year at Broad Run.

According to an email sent to parents, students and staff at the school by principal Dave Spage, she became “fatally ill” on the morning of April 7.

Small’s father, Tim told WUSA9 that she seemed completely healthy when he played catch with her Sunday.

According to the article, Tim Small emailed Madison's coach, Ed Steele, Tuesday morning, saying his daughter wouldn't be attending the game that night. A few hours later, he called Steele back with the news she was dead.

“We have been informing students and staff and offering our support to them, as well as her family, and our community,” said the email principal Dave Spage wrote to the community Tuesday morning. “Crisis intervention counselors are in place at the school, and will remain as long as needed. Please let me know if you need anything as we support each other.”


Times-Mirror Staff Writer Ben Hancock contributed reporting to this story.


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