The Centers for Disease Control is investigating Dr. Barton Williams’ death.
A 36 year-old Memphis doctor is believed to have died from a rare COVID related syndrome.
The Centers for Disease Control is investigating if Dr. Barton Williams, an orthopedic doctor, died from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome.
MIS-C is rare in children who’ve had COVID-19. MIS-A even more uncommon in adults.
Williams recently passed away after being admitted to Baptist East.
“In a year of tragedies, this is one that hits home – particularly with the healthcare community,” said Dr. Stephen Threlkeld, Infectious Disease Specialist. “Barton was an extraordinary guy that was loved by so many family members and friends and was well respected by the medical community.”
Threlkeld said he is working with the CDC, but preliminarily it appears MIS-A is the cause of Williams death. Threlkeld said it is believed Williams previously had an asymptomatic case of COVID.
Threlkeld added, Williams also had been vaccinated for COVID about a month ago and that testing found the two types of antibodies in his system – one type of antibody that results from a natural COVID infection, and a second type of antibody from the vaccine. Threlkeld also said Williams tested negative for COVID-19 while in the hospital.