SOUTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A 32-year-old mother of three, Karey Kaemmerer, was chasing after her daughter's dog when she slipped and fell on ice, hitting her back on the curb.
A water main break on Holly Hills Avenue in south St. Louis last week led the water department to shut off the water and ice formed on the street.
After hitting her back, Kaemmerer went to an urgent care center, then the emergency room. At the ER, Kaemmerer was told she had ruptured discs in her back, given medication for pain and told to see a back surgeon.
Kaemmerer did not see a specialist; just days after her fall she was found dead. A family friend, Katie Donahue, said that the exact cause of Kaemmerer's death was unknown and could have been caused by a number of factors.
While many associate a fall on the ice with minor injuries, Doctor Zach Tebb warned that ice can cause serious injuries. Those injuries can include broken ribs, punctured lungs, internal bleeding in the abdomen and, in extreme cases like Kaemmerer's, death.
Kaemmerer did not have life insurance and leaves behind three daughters, a 12-year-old, 4-year-old and a 17-month-old. A gofundme fundraising website has been set up to pay for her memorial and any addition money raised will go directly to the care of her children.