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Dustin Hayth, 19, died after returning to Radford from a vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The family of a young Radford man who died this week of a sudden, mysterious illness is hoping the results of an autopsy will tell them what killed their son.
But it likely will be weeks before the results are known.
Dustin Hayth, an apparently healthy 19-year-old, died about 6 a.m. Tuesday at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital of an unidentified respiratory disease he first complained about less than two days earlier.
“None of it makes any sense,” said Missy Roberson of Franklin County, Hayth’s mother.
Hayth, who grew up in Roanoke but was living in Radford with his girlfriend, Breigh Cupp, had spent the previous week with her and some other family at Myrtle Beach, S.C., returning Friday.
Over the weekend, he began to feel ill, with symptoms including a high fever and difficulty breathing, said his father, John Hayth of Roanoke.
Cupp took Dustin to an urgent care facility, and the doctor there was so alarmed by his low blood oxygen level that Dustin was sent by ambulance to the hospital in Radford, John Hayth said.
There, Dustin was in intensive care briefly before he was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial about 9 p.m. John Hayth said the prevailing theory was his son had pneumonia. At one point, his fever reached 106 degrees.
But, his father said, staff at the Roanoke hospital found the fluid on his lungs was blood.
Both parents said the Roanoke doctor was perplexed by the finding.
“He said it looked like somebody who had been in a fire and breathed in real hot air in his lungs,” John Hayth said.
Dustin’s family and girlfriend were able to see him only briefly before he died.
Both of his parents remain confused about how their athletic son could die so suddenly and so mysteriously. Dustin was a wrestler and baseball player at Patrick Henry High School before transferring to Franklin County High School and later Christiansburg High School, where he graduated last year.
Both parents, who are divorced, agreed to an autopsy of their son, which was performed at Roanoke Memorial. They’re anxious for test results to tell them what happened.
“You’ve got to know,” John Hayth said. “You can’t just drop it the way it is.”
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