Nicknamed "Miss Smiley," the George Rogers Clark High School freshman who died Tuesday from a staph infection was loved by many, according to a family minister.
Mckenna Brooke Hatchett, 14, was hospitalized early last week for a bruised hip she received during a soccer practice, said Clark County Schools Superintendent Ed Musgrove on Wednesday.
Mckenna died Tuesday at University of Kentucky Medical Center from a blood-borne staph infection, Musgrove said. Letters were sent home with George Rogers Clark High School students Wednesday afternoon about the cause of the death. But Musgrove said the school does not yet know what type of staph infection Mckenna had or where it came from.
The superintendent said custodians are cleaning areas of the school Mckenna may have had access to, up to six feet high.
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Mckenna's family requested that Reverend Kenny Speakes of Mount Zion Christian Church in Winchester, where she was a loyal member of the youth team, give a statement.
"It's tough on family going through something like this," Speakes said. "And they just wanted to make sure everybody knew that she was a girl that was loved by everybody."
Speakes said Mckenna was also a baptized believer in Christ.
Mckenna, who lived on Combs Ferry Road in Winchester, is the daughter of Timothy Delavon and Melissa Cain Hatchett. She is also survived by two sisters, Ramsey and Kayden Hatchett.
The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Zion Christian Church, 3631 Combs Ferry Road. Burial will follow at Clarmont Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is schedule from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.
The family requests contributions be made to the George Rogers Clark Girl's Soccer Team. The school is located at 620 Boone Ave., Winchester, Ky., 40391.
Officials with the Fayette County Coroner's Office said they are not investigating the case, which would fall under their jurisdiction because the girl died Tuesday at University of Kentucky Medical Center.
According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, a post-mortem examination by the coroner is necessary only under certain circumstances such as the result of an accident, a vehicle wreck, a homicide or anything other than a natural death.
What is staph?
Staph, short for Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria that can cause direct infection or produce toxins responsible for food poisoning or toxic-shock syndrome. It is also carried on the skin of some healthy people. MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant staph most commonly contracted in hospitals.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medicinenet.com
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