WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue December 27, 2005
Patton's Granddaughter Meningitis Victim
Pikeville, KY – The granddaughter of former Kentucky first lady Judi Patton likely died from meningitis, according to authorities.
Fifteen year old Judith Paige Johnson died Christmas morning at the home of Mary Francis Stamper in Pikeville, her other grandmother. Former Kentucky governor Paul Patton says medical officials have told the family there's a "99% chance" Johnson had contracted bacterial meningitis.
An autopsy of Johnson was performed Tuesday at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck.
Johnson spent Saturday night with the Pattons before returning home around 10:00 p.m., according to Paul Patton. Patton added Johnson complained of not feeling well before leaving.
The funeral service for Johnson, who was a student at Pikeville High School, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Pikeville Presbyterian Church.