Former Boise State hoops player dies of Lyme disease
From Mountain West Connection, Aug. 16, 2015
By Hank Corless
Zach Moritz has lost his courageous battle with Lyme disease. The former Boise State basketball player passed away on August 12, 2015 at the age of 27, surrounded by his family and a team of tireless caregivers. He had been battling for his life since becoming ill in the winter of 2013. It was not until fall of 2014 that he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, an infectious disease caused by bacteria that is spread from the bite of a tick. READ MORE.
- August 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm
My heart goes out to Zach Moritz family. Lyme is so very cruel. My heart is broken that such an accomplished young man lost his life to a disease that can be successfully treated, but usually is not. We have a bunch of morons in the IDSA, FDA, CDC, NIH, in the whole established medical community.
- August 22, 2015 at 1:58 am
Amen to that. All the insurance companies also.
- August 24, 2015 at 5:13 am
True. Wonder how many “unknown Zachs” there are out there. How many people, especially middle age and older, were misdiagnosed with other diseases and died, when they really had Lyme instead? The number has to be in the thousands.
Why is it important to know what they died from? Because unfortunately death sells. Many people shrug off Lyme with the attitude of “people don’t die from that, we should spend our money on diseases that kill”. Lyme will never get the attention it deserves if people think it can’t be fatal.
- November 14, 2015 at 12:02 am
im not dead yet ! But it would make no difference ! MY life has been taken, I still breath air but im walking dead ! So sad i once was so strong so much fun,today i hide in a shell with no emotion
- November 16, 2015 at 8:26 am
Exactly! Shouldn’t that matter? Shouldn’t the fact that Lyme can cause permanent disability and continuous suffering be enough to persuade governments to pass Lyme friendly legislation and more money for research. Shouldn’t it be enough for doctors to treat every tick bite “just in case”.
Can Lyme be cured or treated? I don’t think even the best doctors know the answer. From what I’ve read, your chances are best if you’re treated within one month of being infected. If it’s six months or longer, your chances aren’t good.
I’m about 2 1/2 years in so, even if I find a doctor now, I don’t expect a total cure. I would still like the chance to try. Even though my symptoms are on the milder end, I still have something every day.
- November 14, 2015 at 12:10 am
GMD sorry to say i disagree ,Lymes cannot be treated ,it can only be dealt with once it has its hold on you no pulling out from under it .Im living prof.There hasn’t been a day in my past .15 years were i have been symptom free .
- November 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm
I am so very sorry for your pain and torture. The treatment I received 4-5 years did give me relief. I knew I was still sick, but I was normal. I had IV ABX plus lots of probiotics, digestive enzymes, and other holistic vitamins, etc. My relief during treatment was like night and day. That is my experience. My treatment ended in 2008/2009 (started in 2002). I had an oral infection come back. Most other symptoms have come back slowly, but are getting more intense as time goes on. I do think, that even you can get relief. My problem is when my treatment was jerked by a lousy LLMD, I lost my job and did not have time to find a new LLMD in time to keep from losing my job and insurance. So Lyme got its way and took everything. I can no longer afford treatment. That is what is so sad about Lyme. There is treatment that works for most (not all) of us, but we cannot get it. Have you considered Klinic St. George in Germany. All stories I have read from there have found improvement. You may need to go more than once, and get further treatment after the Klinic. However, the treatment is so very expensive, about $17k for 2 weeks, and 3 months followup consulting when you go home. The biggest problem is the expense. Lyme patients should be able to get all the treatment we need. I, like many Lyme patients, do believe that Lyme is a euthanasia plan to kill off world population. It is working and is very cruel. We suffer so much and for so long before we die. I am corresponding with a very young woman in Australia, who is probably beyond help. She is suffering greatly, not that we do not all suffer. I can tell you are suffering too. If I was that billionaire from England, John Caudwell, I would get treatment for myself, you, and my new friend in Australia. Of course, one rich person cannot treat the whole world. I just wish I had the means to help some. John Caudwell is doing us a service by going public. Who will listen to him??? The NIH surely has not listened to him yet. I have not heard one British Royal join any benefit for Lyme patients. Why not??? Diana campaigned for HIV/AIDS patients. Here is one of Mandi’s videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw_bYRRIQbM Mandi can barely write any more. I am so sorry for you, for Mandi, for myself, and for all of the multiple millions of suffering Lyme patients who cannot get treatment that I believe would work for us. If treatment were made easily available, like treatment was made for example like it was for polio patients, it would be cheap. There are so many effective treatments. ABX, hyperbaric oxygen, hyperthermia, IV ozone, IV peroxide, IV vitamin C, other IVs, probiotics, digestive enzymes, etc. we could have success treating this disease. We should have a choice of the treatment we get. Wild animals SHOULD NOT be reintroduced into civilized areas, and remaining wild animals should be treated any way possible. The problem is euthanasia, political euthanasia. That is my opinion as a suffering Lyme patient. Why can’t we get treatment?
- August 21, 2016 at 2:39 am
I’m so sorry for your loss but please know his suffering is over and he is at peace from this scourge that is slowly killing people all over the continent.
- August 28, 2016 at 2:06 am
I feel so sad at this news-27yrs of age I could cry-I have been battling Lyme 28yrs and cannot believe the farce with doctors
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