Abigail Verna Glaser was a bright, charming little girl who grew up in Overland Park, KS. Loved by her parents and adored by her extended family, she won the hearts of all who knew her. Her gregarious personality made her a best friend to so many children in the area. She loved many things--dancing, gymnastics, school, and going to the zoo, to name a few. Most of all, she loved her little brother Sam, and her little sisters Olivia and Grace.
On July 31, 2001, at the age of 5, Abby suddenly died from what was later discovered to be Viral Myocarditis. Other than flu-like symptoms immediately preceding her death, there were no outward signs that anything serious was wrong.
Our family has since learned that while Viral Myocarditis is not particularly common in children, it has a remarkably high mortality rate. Our investigations led us to contact Baylor University’s Dr. Jeffrey Towbin, a leading Pediatric Cardiologist dedicated to researching the causes and prevention of sudden cardiac death and viral myocarditis in children.