COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A family is in shock after a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student diagnosed with Mononucleosis passed away just a few days later.
Christy Crow, a Sophomore at A&M, died early Wednesday morning at UTMB Hospital in Galveston.
Her brother, Nick Crow, said she was diagnosed on Friday with Mono. She and her mother drove back to her hometown of Friendswood, and she was admitted to UTMB on Monday.
"She was like, hey, I got Mono and I'm going to get over it," said Crow. "It was weird, because they couldn't get her health to stabilize."
Crow said she got progressively worse Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Her swollen tonsils made breathing extremely difficult, and her temperature took dramatic dips and spikes. Crow said her heart stopped several times, but doctors were able to resuscitate her.
Around 7:30, Crow took her last breath. A reality Crown and his family are trying hard to accept.
"You don't go into the hospital for Mono, and then die from it."
Crow, a member of the Aggie Class of 2010, said his kid sister called him Bubba. She always looked up to him, and he was the reason she eventually moved from Friendswood to College Station to call herself an Aggie.
"She was the biggest fightin' Aggie there ever was, and always has been," said Crow.
Crow said when he went to A&M football games, he would often buy an extra ticket just for her.
While it's too soon to know exactly what led to her death, Mono should never be taken lightly.
The virus that causes mono is transmitted through saliva. You can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. While it rarely leads to death in the U.S., experts recommend you see a doctor if you think you have it.
Christy dreamed of becoming a teacher. Crow said he wants people to know the girl Christy was, and the woman she wanted to become.
"She was always willing to help somebody," said Crow. "And I think that's one thing that made her really want to be a teacher. She was always up for a challenge, and she was never afraid to back down from in. We lost an angel today. "