24 June 2016

Ida Pruett and Puerperal Septicemia (Cause of Death Defined)

Part of me hates I've pared Ida's life down to a cause of death defined post.

Ida Lee was born 11 October 1885 in Gwinnett County, Georgia to W. S. and Francis (Bailey) Fowler.  She married Norton N. Pruett after 1911.

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Ida was just 36 years old when she died on 24 January 1922.  Cause of death, per her death certificate available at FamilySearch.org, was noted as Puerperal Septicemia.  Septicemia is essentially blood poisoning.  If not treated promptly, it can lead to "circulatory collapse, profound shock, and death."

Puerperal Septicemia, also known as puerperal or childbed fever, is "an infectious, sometimes fatal, disease of childbirth; until the mid-19th century, this dreaded, then-mysterious illness could sweep through a hospital maternity ward and kill most of the new mothers.  Puerperal fever results from an infection, usually streptococcal, originating in the birth canal and affecting the endometrium. This infection can spread throughout the body, causing septicemia." [Online source cited Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health.]

Ida Lee and Norton N. Pruett (1864-1929) rest at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County.  Nearby is Ida's mother, Francis (1857-1924).

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A tender mother and a faithful friend.

See also Cause of Death: Puerperal Eclampsia.

2 comments:

Darla M Sands said...

I still like the fact you've remembered her with this post. :) Don't discount that.

Stephanie Lincecum said...

Thanks, Darla. I appreciate that. :-)

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