Ms Kariuki died after going into Acute Respiratory distress and was also battling pneumonia related complications at the Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, a suburb of Dallas.
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According to the hospital, Ms Kariuki also had a serious bacterial infection in her blood stream which further complicated her health.
According to family sources who spoke to jambonewspot.com, Ms Kariuki went to Methodist Hospital near Carrollton Texas for a checkup. The medical staff at the hospital realized that she needed further medical attention and transferred her to Texas Presbyterian where she was admitted.
On Wednesday she was responding well to treatment and spent the day talking to her Mum who was in New Jersey and her siblings in Kenya.
On Thursday however, when she was talking to her mum, she was coughing a lot and while they were still on the phone, she went into respiratory shock and passed out. Her mum tried calling back several times and eventually a nurse answered and relayed Njeri’s condition to her.
She however stabilized but doctors said she had severe pneumonia and had excessive fluids in her lungs.
They were able to drain the fluids but her condition did not significantly improve.
During this time, her cousin Grace Waigwa had been checking up on her and relaying her status to her mum. She stayed by her side most of the time.
On Friday morning when Ms Waigwa went to check on her, the doctors informed her that Ms Kariuki’s chances of survival were 50-50. They actually doubted she would make it to 6pm on that day.
The doctor said that Ms Kariuki had developed sepsis which is a life-threatening illness caused by the body’s response to an infection in the bloodstream. The response by the body to fight the infection causes damage to the body’s own organs and tissues.
Ms Kariuki’s kidneys failed and eventually shut down.
Ms Waigwa informed Ms Kariuki’s mum and also called a few friends to be with her.
At this point, she had been coding every two hours. Coding is a medical term used when a patient experiences a life threatening event that requires intervention by paramedics or emergency response personnel.
Ms Kariuki eventually passed on in the early afternoon.
Kenyans across social media expressed shock and dismay after the news broke with many noting her contributions to the community.
Many expressed disbelief as they had interacted with her during the Face of Kenya USA event held in Dallas on Saturday.
Following the sudden death Susan Njeri Kariuki, her mum, family and friends invite you to join them on Saturday August 26th at David and Grace’s (her cousin) home at 409 Vista Noche Drive, Lewisville TX 75067 from 7pm.
Another meeting will be held on Sunday, August 27th at 5pm.
A memorial service is tentatively set for Wednesday August 30th but more details will be availed.
Susan knew no boundaries, she has lived amongst us with joy, her voice will live in memories for long.
If you would like to make contributions towards her send off using CashApp, you can use CashApp no 410-900-4527
You can also donate via gofundme at https://www.gofundme.com/susannjerikariuki
For further information please contact the following
Grace Waigwa 2147266839
David Gachie. 4109004527
Betty Ellis. 8326466491
Alex Karundu. 4694388388
Grace Chege. 2146169894