Healthy Girl, 16, Suddenly Develops Transverse Myelitis, Dies

Laci Cheyanne Laycock of Starke, Florida, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Laycock died at UF Health Shands after reportedly suffering a spinal cord leak and an aneurysm. Her grandmother says the girl was in the hospital for three weeks with transverse myelitis and was scheduled to go home, but became unresponsive and passed away.

Laci Laycock's grandmother Elizabeth

The Georgia-born girl was a member of the Bradford County (FL) Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program and had the rank of sergeant. She intended to become a sheriff’s deputy once she graduated high school with the class of 2024.


RIP Laci Cheyanne Laycock (October 25, 2005 – August 6, 2022)



There have been 1,915 reports mentioning transverse myelitis in VAERS, resulting in at least 49 deaths.

Laci Laycock cause of death
Laci Laycock hospitalized

Transverse myelitis is a rare condition that by itself does not result in death. It is an inflammatory condition of the spinal cord that often often makes walking difficult, if not impossible.

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison had been diagnosed years ago with transverse myelitis and seemed to be handling it well. He was found dead last year at the age of 46. He appeared to have died in his sleep.