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Meningitis survivor will speak at Lewis-Clark State College March 20

Rayna DuBose, a Virginia Tech Division I basketball player who suddenly contracted meningitis, will present her story "Winning the Game of Life" at Lewis-Clark State College Wednesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union Building Solarium. The public is invited to attend the presentation.
DuBose was hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis on April 2, 2002, just over a week after the Hokies had completed the basketball season. The next day she was airlifted in critical condition to the University of Virginia Medical Center where she remained for 97 days. She spent three weeks in intensive care before being upgraded to fair condition. In early May of 2002, she underwent a series of surgeries in which doctors amputated parts of all four limbs due to tissue damage caused by the infection. DuBose was then transferred to a Baltimore rehabilitation facility near her home in Columbia, Md. Soon after, she returned to her home and began regular visits to the rehab facility where she later would be fitted for prosthesis for her arms and legs.
She eventually returned to Virginia Tech and currently works with members of the women's basketball team.
Her visit to the LCSC campus is sponsored by the Idaho Immunization Coalition and Lewis-Clark State College Leadership and Community Health Student Nurses from the Division of Nursing & Health Sciences, supported by LCSC Student Health Services.
For more information contact Sherry Sweikert-Smith 208.792.2251 or [email protected]