Teen Girl Flies Home From College To Spend Birthday With Mom, Dies Suddenly Days Later

Madalyn Massabni, a vibrant 19-year-old college student from New Jersey, tragically lost her life to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a rare but serious illness linked to tampon use. Her mother, Dawn Massabni, has turned her grief into a movement to raise awareness about TSS.

Madalyn, pursuing a fashion career at Lynn University, fell ill after her birthday dinner and was rushed to the hospital. Despite medical efforts, she passed away three days after her 19th birthday due to TSS, a rare bacterial infection associated with tampons.

Dawn Massabni launched the Don’t Shock Me foundation to educate women about TSS risks and advocate for better tampon regulations. She met with the FDA to discuss regulations that could improve tampon packaging and labeling, emphasizing TSS symptoms.

Dawn’s efforts extend to her community, where she seeks to establish “Maddy’s Law” for TSS education in schools. Her mission is to prevent further tragedies and save lives by spreading awareness about TSS symptoms and safe tampon usage practices.