An Ohio State University student has died on Spring Break, his sister confirmed – days after another student suffered a brain bleed while relaxing with friends in Mexico.
Henry Meacock of Westfield, New Jersey, was studying finance at OSU.
It is unclear where he died, or how, but his sister Ellie paid emotional tribute to her sibling.
‘My baby brother, I can’t believe it,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘Words cannot describe how much I miss you. It hurts to breathe without you.
‘You are an extremely special soul that will live on forever. The most beautiful boy inside and out. Nobody will ever have a smile quite like yours.’
Henry Meacock, an Ohio State student from New Jersey, died suddenly on Spring Break, his sister has confirmed
Ellie Meacock praised his spirit and smile, adding: ‘It hurts to breathe without you’
Henry Meacock is seen with his sister Ellie, mother Colleen and father Will
She praised his spirit, adding: ‘I admire you in every way.
‘The joy you brought to the people around you will never be forgotten.’
And she said she was thankful for their sibling bond.
‘I am so extremely grateful for the amazing relationship we had. There is no one else I’d rather confide in. I love you forever and ever my best friend.’
Meacock’s death came as another student, Liza Burke, was recovering in hospital after being found unconscious in her bed in Mexico, having suffered a brain bleed.
The condition was genetic, but it is unclear whether anything aggravated her situation.
Burke was enjoying her ‘last spring break’ with a large group of friends in Cabo San Lucas when she was struck down by the brain hemorrhage on March 10.
Burke went to bed after breakfast complaining of a sore head. Her friends checked on her a few hours later, and called an ambulance when they were unable to rouse her.
The young student was rushed to hospital, where Burke was diagnosed with Arteriovenous malformation (AVM), Fox News reported.
Liza Burke, pictured right, suffered a serious brain bleed during a spring break trip to Mexico
The University of Georgia student has since been diagnosed with a condition called Arteriovenous malformation, and has been flown home to Florida for further treatment.
She was rushed to a hospital and put on life support. A GoFundMe page set up to help Burke raised $130,000, with the cash used to fly her to Jacksonville in Florida, where her mom Lauren McKeithen lives, for further treatment.
Burke is said to have shown ‘promising signs’ after undergoing surgery in Mexico, with McKeithen saying her daughter had been able to squeeze her hand.
She told Channel2: ‘We are told to take things one day at a time and not get our hopes too high, but to have plenty of hope,
According to the Mayo Clinic, AVM is a ‘tangle of blood vessels that irregularly connects arteries and veins, disrupting blood flow and oxygen circulation.’
Scientists are unsure what causes the condition, but say it isn’t usually hereditary.
People are born with the condition, although it is more likely to cause brain bleeds later in life.
It tends to affect men more often than women.
Jennifer Ritter, who organized a GoFundMe fundraiser for Burke, said her friend had been born with the condition, but that they’d only discovered this after she fell seriously ill.
Burke was one of a dwindling number of spring breakers to venture to Mexico this year, after a recent spate of frightening crimes there triggered safety fears.
Earlier this month, three men and a woman from North Carolina were abducted at gunpoint while on a trip booked so the woman could get a tummy tuck.
Two of the men were shot dead, with the third man and the woman surviving.
They were abducted and killed by a cartel whose bosses have since disowned the men they say are behind the slayings.
And across the United States, students from Florida to California were hitting the beaches to soak up the sun.
Spring Break students in St Patrick’s Day green bikinis are seen in Panama City, Florida on Friday
Panama City is a popular destination for Spring Break sun-seekers, as seen on Friday
Students are seen ready to party on Friday in Panama City, Florida
A group of college friends strike a pose on the beach on Friday in Panama City
A student celebrating St Patrick’s Day hits the beach in Panama City
A group of college students check out the jet skis in Panama City, Florida, on Friday
Spring breakers are pictured in Florida. Many have shunned Mexico this year in the wake of a series of high-profile crimes involving American victims
The men were also getting into the spirit, with St Patrick’s Day hats and green shorts, in Panama City
Thousands of students flock to Panama City every year to celebrate Spring Break
With COVID restrictions entirely lifted, tourist authorities were hoping for a bumper season.
However, concerns about inflation and the economic situation were weighing on the minds of some.
A Morning Consult poll found that 30 percent of all U.S. adults said they are planning to take a trip during the spring break window (February through April) this year – around the same level as last year.
In Panama City, over 200 people have been arrested so far, said J.R. Talamantez, chief of police.
‘Spring break this year has gone how we expected it to first couple of weeks in March,’ he told WJHG.
‘We have had couple of people here and there who want to test the limits and our ability to enforce spring break – and currently they’re realizing, as they sit in the Bay County jail, that we can handle business.’
He said the vast majority of students behaved well, but some drank to excess and faced charges.
‘What we are seeing now is crime associated with drunken behavior caused by college students,’ he said.
‘Unfortunately going home with criminal record.’
He said the arrests had been for drinking on the beach, DUI and possession of narcotics.
About 50 citations so far have been written for drinking on the sandy beach, which is illegal during the month of March.
The ordinance was created to control spring break chaos.
‘We’ve given a lot more warnings than citations,’ Talamantez said.
‘And the only way we can enjoy that is if everybody follows the law and keeps a very family friendly destination.’
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