Harlan County native Tabatha Nicole Muncy lost her battle with a rare case of fungal meningitis.
Family members told the Enterprise that Muncy, 28, of Corbin, died Monday night at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington after previously being treated at Corbin Baptist Regional Medical Center and Central Baptist Hospital in London.
Muncy’s battle with fungal meningitis began in October, coming down with it about the same time as a fungal meningitis outbreak blamed on tainted steroid injections. Her aunt, Jane Hall Steele, said Muncy was diabetic, and that doctors believed she contracted the fungal meningitis through soil or bird droppings. Hall also said she suffered from a septic infection.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fungal meningitis is rare and usually results from the spreading of a fungus through blood to the spinal cord. Although anyone can get fungal meningitis, people with weak immune systems are at a higher risk.
Muncy is the daughter of Melanie Hall, formerly of Loyall, who now resides in Corbin. She is survived by one brother, Joshua Muncy, of Corbin.
Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home in Corbin is in charge of arrangements.