Posted By: Hannah Paczkowski
Just a few days after his death, autopsy reports show Eddie Key III died from pulmonary edema, an uncommon condition, especially for someone so young.
"It's usually due to certain conditions, medical conditions that happen like heart failure, clot in your lungs or some kind of event that causes shock," Dr. Gina Mentzer, cardiologist at the Nebraska Heart Hospital, said.
According to the report, the 18-year-old Wayne State football player had previously suffered from bacterial pneumonia of the lungs, which caused water or fluid to build up in his lungs. That ultimately was the cause of his death last weekend.
"It just doesn't seem real at all," Eddie's friend, Alex Caruso, said.
Dr. Mentzer said pulmonary edema is pretty rare, but is mainly seen with patients in their 50's or 60's. However, in cases like Eddie's, it's more common than you think.
"That can happen to anyone, young, old, babies, elderly," she said.
For instance, if you feel a fullness in your chest, have difficulty laying down or even walking across the room, there could be a chance you could have developed the condition from pneumonia, exposure to certain toxins and medications, or exercising at high elevations.
You should see a doctor immediately if you feel like you're suffocating, wheezing, having pink and frothy spit up, or if you have a blue or gray tint to your skin.
Unfortunately, Eddie wasn't able to receive treatment quick enough.
"He's just a lovable guy, everyone like gravitated toward him, he could light up a room," Caruso said.