“So she decided not to take it,” King said, adding that her sister told her she would rest at home and drink lots of liquid.
“Her words exactly were, she was just going to keep fighting it on her own,” King said.
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The next day, Franks passed out in her bathroom from a high fever and was taken to the hospital. She received anti-nausea medication and was sent home. Two days later, she began vomiting again, and she was taken to the emergency room again on the morning of Jan. 17.
Doctors said Franks' body was in severe septic shock by that point, King told the Union Leader. She said the hospital tried to transport Franks by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, but poor weather made it impossible. Franks was instead transported by ambulance, a ride slowed by inclement weather.
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“On the way driving up to Lebanon, her heart had stopped, and they weren’t able to revive her, so they had to go to New London Hospital, because she had already passed,” King told the Union Leader. “Her husband is just heartbroken.”
She is survived by her husband, Andy Franks, and four children: Clayton Kandle, 19, Ashley Kandle, 16, Melaina Kandle, 12, and Brayden Franks, 7.
“There are just no words. There are just no words to how scary and shocking it is,” King said.
A GoFundMe page was created to help the family with funeral expenses. It has raised more thn $7,000 toward its $15,000 goal.
“She took with her a piece of all of our hearts when she left this Earth,” the page reads.
The page also notes that a fund has been set up for Franks’ children at the TD bank in New Ipswich under an account controlled by her husband.
A memorial service for Franks was held Jan. 24.