GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The family of a Greenville teenager wants others to be aware of the rare disease that almost took their daughter's life.
Rylie Whitten, 15, has one of the worst cases of toxic shock syndrome that doctors in West Michigan have ever seen. It's a condition that affects primarily young women -- but because it starts as a staph infection, anyone can get it.
For the Whitten family, it happened just after the holidays on Jan. 4. Rylie was anxious to get back to school. Her father, Nate, says she didn't feel well, which was unusual. "She's young, healthy, never had any medical problems whatsoever."