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Rachel Held Evans - dead at 37
« on: Sat May 04, 2019 - 14:49:58 »
Outspoken, progressive, controversial, Christian author and speaker, Rachel Held Evans passed away today at age 37. She last tweeted on April 14th that she had been admitted to the hospital for the flu and a UTI. She also said she was given an antibiotic that she had a severe reaction to. She developed seizures after tweeting that and continued to decline until her death today.

https://religionnews.com/2019/05/04/rachel-held-evans-christian-writer-of-honesty-and-humor-dies-at-age-37/

People are asking if the antibiotic that possibly brought on the seizures was a fluoroquinolone such as Levaquin or Cipro. Besides permanent tendon and nerve damage, aortic rupture, and other devastating side effects of fluoroquinolone, increased risks of seizures is also on the black box warning label of this antibiotic. Please people - if you or your loved ones are given a fluoroquinolone such as Levaquin or Cipro, weigh the risks before agreeing to take it.

Here are some of the most common names for fluoroquinolone-

ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
levofloxacin (Levaquin/Quixin)
gatifloxacin (Tequin)
moxifloxacin (Avelox)
ofloxacin (Ocuflox/Floxin/Floxacin)
norfloxacin (Noroxin)

Of course, we don't know for sure yet which antibiotic she was taking that brought on these seizures, but those of us familiar with the devastating side effects of fluoroquinolone know how deadly serious this antibiotic can be.

Prayers for her family and friends during their time of grief and sadness.


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Rachel Held Evans - dead at 37
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Re: Rachel Held Evans - dead at 37
« Reply #1 on: Sat May 04, 2019 - 16:54:27 »
This is very sad.  I heard about her induced coma situation a few weeks ago on a Patheos blog.  Predictably, some of the ultra-fundies couldn't help but ignore the invitations to pray, and had to go berserk about her theological deficiencies.   ::frown::

I've read a few different accounts -- more than one, but not a lot -- and it seems to me there is a notable lack of certainty about the etiology.  One could almost come away with the impression that they don't want to believe the ABs were the cause.

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Re: Rachel Held Evans - dead at 37
« Reply #2 on: Sat May 04, 2019 - 19:56:28 »
This is very sad.  I heard about her induced coma situation a few weeks ago on a Patheos blog.  Predictably, some of the ultra-fundies couldn't help but ignore the invitations to pray, and had to go berserk about her theological deficiencies.   ::frown::

Yes, there's plenty of time later on to discuss her religion and politics, but now should be a time of prayer for a husband left without a wife, and children left without a mom. I'm sure they'll be going through the "if only" phase - if only she hadn't been exposed to the flu, if only she hadn't gotten the UTI, if only the doctor hadn't prescribed that AB, if only...if only....

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I've read a few different accounts -- more than one, but not a lot -- and it seems to me there is a notable lack of certainty about the etiology.  One could almost come away with the impression that they don't want to believe the ABs were the cause.

I'm in a fb support group with over 10k members. Members are trying to speculate on this, but mods keep shutting it down. Of course, we don't know for sure, but it does sound suspect. Cipro is usually one of the most common ABs for UTIs, so the possibility is definitely there. Most news articles on her death have reader comments asking if a fluoroquinolone was a contributing factor. Word is spreading on this horrific pharmaceutical.


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Re: Rachel Held Evans - dead at 37
« Reply #3 on: Sat May 04, 2019 - 20:06:03 »
Never heard of her before.  Regardless of what her theology was, very young to die.

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