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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2013-08-04 07:13

Sunday's Obituary

There may or may not have been an obituary for John Donald Burris. He died the day before his fourth birthday in Lubbock, TX of laryngeal diphtheria. He was the son of Ira Herbert Burris and Etta Minnie Price.

I found his death certificate while researching the children and grandchildren of William Andrew Burris and Maria Isabell Wharton.

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Laryngeal diphtheria can cause a membrane to form in the throat, cutting off the supply of oxygen. That's why this death certificate notes that John Burris had a tracheotomy.

The combination diphtheria and tetanus toxoids for pediatric use was first licensed in the U.S. in 1947 - too late to have saved John Donald Burris.

He was buried in Becton Cemetery, in Lubbock County, TX.