Nineteen year old Susanna Rufi was exuberant and elated like every youth who swarmed at Krakow for the World Youth Day. But soon after the world celebration was over, as the Italian girl was on her way back home, she died of meningitis, shocking the world. Susanna died on Monday in Vienna, Austria, on the way.
Susanna, hailing from Saint Polycarp parish in Rome, is an exemplary girl as per the reports from her parish priest Fr. Alessandro. “She was a wonderful girl, very active in the parish,” the Father said. She was active in the choir too. In fact, Susanna had been preparing for WYD for a year.
Susanna was reported to have succumbed to meningitis, an infection-based inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Its symptoms include a headache, fever, and stiff neck. Meningitis, which can be fatal, is spread through respiratory droplets, for example through coughing or sneezing.
In the backdrop of the mishap, the Italian bishops’ conference has issued a statement asking the group in which the deceased girl is a member to take a prophylaxis as a precaution. The statement advised that anyone who experiences a high fever, headache, sore throat, vision problems, or loss of consciousness should go immediately to the hospital.