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Woman with muscular dystrophy dies one week after tornado in Arabi lifted her house

Aubri Juhasz
Homes that were lifted by an EF-3 tornado when it moved through St. Bernard Parish on March 22, 2022.

A young woman with muscular dystrophy who was injured when her home was lifted by a tornado last week has died, according to local outlets.

Maria Celeste Burke, 22, died Thursday from a blood clot at University Medical Center, reports

Doctors were getting ready to discharge Burke when the blood clot caused her to go into cardiac arrest, her sister-in-law Karina Contreras told

Andrés Fuentes, a reporter with FOX 8 NOLA, which first reported the news, said in a Tweet that Burke’s family did not receive enough information in Spanish before the storm to be concerned about a possible tornado.

“This isn’t the first time something like this has happened,” Fuentes said. “We need to value and better cater to those who don’t primarily speak English.”

Burke’s death is the second one associated with the EF-3 tornado that tore through St. Bernard Parish last week.

Connor Lambert, 25, died of multiple blunt force injuries when the tornado passed through, according to St. Bernard Parish officials.

Produced with assistance from the Public Media Journalists Association Editor Corps funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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