Canadian Teen Found Dead During School Trip Experienced Toxic Shock Syndrome


Canadian teen discovered dead during 2017 school trip passed away due to toxic shock syndrome.

BC Coroner’s Services has posted the result of Sara Manitoski’s autopsy, the 16-year-old Hornby Island teen who was discovered dead during an overnight school trip. The coroner confirmed that the Canadian teen experienced a toxic shock syndrome.

Toxic Shock Syndrome Could be Caused by Misuse/Overuse of Tampons

Dee Hoyano, the Vancouver Island Medical Officer, announced that Sara Manitoski, the teenager who was discovered dead by her sister in 2017, has died due to toxic shock syndrome. One of the teen’s tampons tested positive for Staphylococcus Aureus infection.

According to Carli Manitoski, Sara’s sister, her family felt relief to finally after discovering the truth behind the teenager’s sudden death.

In December 2017, Sara and her sister went on a school trip to Hornby Island. Before turning in, Sara told her sister that she had stomach cramps. In her Facebook post, Carli wrote that Sara’ stomach cramps didn’t worry her as her sister’s period just started.

The following day, Carli continued the filed trip alone, as Sara wasn’t answering the door. She knew that something was wrong after Sara failed to answer the door later that day.

When Carli discovered her sister, she was unresponsive. Life-saving maneuvers by the teachers and paramedics proved futile.

And now, almost nine months since Sara’s dead, her family learned that it was a Strep-A tainted tampon that took the Canadian teen away from them.


Doctors have warned against overusing tampons during that time of the month. Although toxic shock syndrome is very rare (0.5 in 100,000 around the world and 3 per 100,000 in the United States), it can have dire consequences.

Studies have pointed out that toxic shock syndrome caused by streptococcal infections are fatal in approximately 50 percent of the case. On the other hand, those caused staphs are fatal in 5 percent of cases.

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