Woman’s Family Share A Warning After She Died From Eating Oysters

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Vicki Bergquist / Gulf Coast Weekend

Warning: Some of the pictures in this story are graphic.

The family of a Texas woman are trying to raise awareness after her sudden death caused by an unlikely source.

Jeanette LeBlanc, 55, was as healthy as any other woman her age before being rushed to the hospital. Last September, she went on a crabbing boat trip with her friends and family. The event was supposed to be a way for LeBlanc to take her mind off of looking after her sick father.

LeBlanc (in the blue hat) on her fateful crabbing trip.Jennifer Bergquist

On the way home from the trip, LeBlanc and her wife Vicki Bergquist picked up a sack of fresh oysters from a fish market. This proved to be a fatal mistake.

Just two days after preparing a seafood meal for her friends, LeBlanc was in the hospital. Less than a month later, she was dead.

Jennifer Bergquist

“I’m a very optimistic person," Bergquist said, "so I kept thinking that she was gonna make it. She was such a fighter through the whole entire process.”

What killed LeBlanc was a little-known disease called vibriosis, and her family is sharing information about the disease to prevent more deaths.

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