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1981 in Review
Leuzinger High School Class of 1981 - Re: Dayle Hills
For those asking how Dayle died, Discussing this very private matter with others in a public forum is difficult for me, especially since Dayle is not here to approve/disapprove it. The autopsy results and the opinion of the medical examiner are however, public documents. Anyone can get a copy for $3.00. After discussing it with my son Bryan, we felt Dayle's memory would be better served by sharing this, since we disagree with the findings of the Orange County Sheriff/Coroner. The official cause of death was listed as ACCIDENTAL and caused by: 1. Seizure 2. Combined effects of fluoxetine and norfluoxetine 3. Myocardial fibrosis. Re #1. There was no evidence of a seizure (looked more like decorticate posturing to me) at the scene, nor at autopsy. I have seen hundreds of seizures. Dayle did not have a seizure. Re #2. Fluoxetine is Prozac and norfluoxetine is it's metabolite (no, Dayle was never diagnosed with 'depression', it was prescribed for something else), She had less than 5 mg of fluoxetine in her stomach, which was what was left of the normal-dose 20mg pill that she had taken the night before. I have seen people take literally handfuls of Prozac and all they do is throw up. According to Jonathon Plewes, MD, senior forensic psychiatrist at Eli Lilly Co, if Dayle died from a single, normal dose of fluoxetine, she would be the first person out of over 100 million doses worldwide to do so. In fact, there has never been a reported fatality involving fluoxetine without concomitant ingestion of another substance. Re #3. An incidental finding, but possibly the real cause. Myocardial fibrosis, possibly caused by a benign childhood viral illness, is essentially a thickening and loss of elasticity of the heart muscle that slows and alters electrical cardiac conduction. It has been associated with sudden cardiac death/prolonged Q-T syndrome. SSRI drugs such as fluoxetine have also been implicated in cardiac conduction abnormalities (but not until Prozac maker Eli Lilly's patent on the drug ran out). The Orange County sheriff's officers at the scene were less than empathetic and one, in all honesty, was an unprofessional jerk. This deputy walked out of the bedroom, flipped the (full) bottle of fluoxetine into the air with his thumb, and as he caught it he loudly and sarcastically said, 'Another unhappy camper'. I asked, 'What are you implying?'. The immediate supposition of the deputies was that she had committed suicide. I showed them a picture of our son and assured them that suicide was simply not possible, and asked them to investigate further. Despite my adamant and continual protests that day, and later to the coroner's office, including a letter to Sheriff/Coroner Michael Corona, for 15 weeks they continued ¬†to consider suicide as the cause. When toxicology tests came back negative (twice) it still took them another two weeks to backpedal and come up with their opinion, which is completely unsubstantiated. I think Dayle probably suffered sudden cardiac death from prolonged Q-T syndrome or other reentry phenomenon secondary to the myocardial fibrosis, which means she passed out instantly and never suffered. There are other possibilities and at this point I really don't know. Because I was not married to Dayle I could not get a 'second opinion' autopsy. Incidentally, Sheriff/Coroner Corona is currently serving a 5 year prison sentence for 'defrauding the public'. So there you go. It's been nearly 13 years. and it's been two seconds. Regards, Martin Oliver (Bryan's dad).
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