College athlete from Fort Morgan dies suddenly from rare disease

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FORT MORGAN, Colo. -- A college athlete from Fort Morgan in northeast Colorado died suddenly from a rare disease.

Samantha Scott was on the rowing team at Kansas State University when she came down with Lemierre's syndrome. It's an infection that begins in the throat and is poorly understood by doctors.

Scott and Kennidi Cobbley were lifelong friends. The were friends since they were mini-dance teammates in Fort Morgan on Colorado's eastern Plains.

Kennidi went to the University of Northern Colorado. Scott went to Kansas State where she went on to become an accomplished member of the rowing team. She was studying architectural engineering.

The pair stayed in touch as best friends do. But two weeks ago, Scott didn't feel well. Initially, it was thought tonsillitis was to blame.

Her family said it was Lemierre’s syndrome. The bacterial infection begins in the throat and spreads through the lymphatic vessels.

Symptoms can include sore throat and fever, followed by swelling of the internal jugular vein.

It's a fast-acting bacteria that can take over a person's body quickly if not treated soon enough.

A GoFundMe page is set up to help Scott's family with medical bills and funeral expenses. They hope to establish a scholarship in Scott's name.

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