University of Kansas student dies from bacterial meningitis

LAWRENCE, Kansas – Kansas health officials say a 19-year-old suburban Kansas City student at the University of Kansas has died of complications from a sinus infection, which led to bacterial meningitis.

Haley Drown of Leawood, Kansas, died on Sunday. She was a freshman at the university.

“On behalf of the entire University of Kansas community, I offer our most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Haley Drown,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Our hearts go out to them as they mourn the loss of this young, promising life.”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the public is not at risk and the agency is not recommending preventative care for those who had contact with Drown.

Len Lozada, a doctor at St. Luke’s Health Systems, where Drown was treated, said she had a sinus infection that became more aggressive and eventually infected her brain. He said it is an uncommon form of bacterial meningitis.

Drown was a 2014 graduate of Blue Valley North High School.


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