Würzburg food-service worker dies after mysterious illness
WüRZBURG, Germany — A food-service worker at Würzburg Army Hospital died last week, a few days after contracting a fever.
Steven L. Braxton, 38, of Indianapolis died Dec. 27 at his home in Vietshochheim.
Roger Teel, a hospital spokesman, said the cause of death is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected. He said pathology results are due back Friday.
According to the local German newspaper Main Post, Braxton’s immediate family and some co-workers were advised to take antibiotics after his death.
Teel criticized the paper for printing that information and said the hospital is waiting for test results before it decides whether any further steps should be taken.
He said Braxton’s 10-month-old son, Devin, who also has been suffering from a fever, is being hospitalized until the test results are final.
Braxton served in the Army from 1986-90. His father, John, is a retired U.S. Army sergeant major and his mother, Ann, is a schoolteacher. He had worked at the hospital since May 2001.
Teel said Braxton’s wife, Anna — who also works at the hospital — had called for medical assistance twice after he become ill. The first time, a doctor visited the house and told her to treat his flu symptoms. After the second call, he was found dead in the bathroom.
In addition to his parents, wife and son, Braxton also is survived by another son, Carter Alexander, 11.
Funeral arrangements are being made through Hathaway-Myers Funeral Chapel in Columbus, Ind.
Teel said Braxton’s co-workers also are planning a memorial service next week, but the time and date have not yet been set.