HAMBURG, NY - Jillian Williams was a healthy teenage girl, a Frontier High School Freshman who in March of 2011 came down with an affliction many of us have suffered at one time or another, and recovered from.
It was a sinus infection.
But instead of draining normally, according to her mother, Jillian's sinuses drained back through her nasal cavity and into her brain.
"Everything that could have gone wrong, did," said Deanne Mills when recalling her daughter's brief illness, which claimed her life within days of the onset of symptoms.
The situation became dire when Deanne checked on Jillian who had been sleeping in her bedroom of the family's home, and discovered her daughter on the floor and unresponsive.
"I could look in her eyes, and I knew she was there, but she couldn't...she couldn't speak to me," Mills recalled.