WEST HAVEN, Utah — A 19-year-old Roy High School graduate and Western Nebraska Community College soccer player died Wednesday night from an E. coli infection while serving an LDS mission in Argentina.
Brittany Scadlock was 10 days away from her 20th birthday.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Sister Brittany Nicole Scadlock,” LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said. “Sister Scadlock began serving her mission in the Argentina Resistencia Mission in August 2014, and is from the Kanesville Utah Stake. She passed away Wednesday evening from complications related to an illness. We extend our love and prayers to her family and all who knew her as they mourn her passing.”
A family spokesman said her infection moved quickly.
“We found out just a few days ago that she was having some problems,” said her aunt, Kally Scadlock. “Initially they thought it was appendicitis. After doing some tests, it was determined that she had E. coli in her intestinal system. She wasn’t able to fight it off, and she went into cardiac arrest.”
She was transferred from her mission to a hospital in Buenos Aires, where she died.
Her parents, Terry and Nicole Scadlock, were in Los Angeles to get passports on their way to be with Brittany when they learned she had died. They returned to Utah Thursday morning.
“Brittany was a ray of sunshine,” Kally Scadlock said. “She has the softest heart and loves everyone. That sounds … I’m not trying to sound any more than she really is. She truly was the best person you could ever imagine. She was a light, and everywhere she went she left light.”
After she graduated from Roy High School in 2013, Brittany earned a soccer scholarship to play for Western Nebraska. She scored five goals and contributed three assists for the Cougars during the 2013 season.
She felt moved to serve a mission while listening to LDS general conference talks.
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