On Monday, I arrived at work to find someone who works for me crying. After coming into my office, she told me that one of her best friends had died over the weekend. The friend was 7 months pregnant, and amazingly, they were able to save her baby. She said they believed her death was the result of a blood clot. Shocking and so very, very sad.
On Wednesday night, I logged into CNN.com to see what was up in the world and came across a story titled "Woman dies in heat at Red Sox game." I didn't click on the link immediately, but it quickly dawned on me that this was the same person, so I watched the video. At no time did they mention a blood clot, or anything other than "her heart had stopped." But the clear implication is that it was heat related. I hoped the initial report about a clot had been wrong, because it would really bother me to think the media had twisted the tragic story of a young woman's death, of a man who lost his partner in life, of a fragile baby who would never know his mother, into something to boost ratings by connecting it to the already big story of the heat wave. No, I thought, it must not have been a clot after all.
So today I asked my coworker. Apparently everyone is very upset over the media angle. I didn't even know this woman, and I'm upset. Aren't there enough people who will die needlessly because of the heat without pulling this story into the mix? It's disgusting.