Christopher Santizo, handsome and strong, a talented chef and promising young musician, thought he had the flu.
It was Jan. 25, and Santizo, the son of Oscar Santizo of Jim Thorpe, felt so sick he was taken to Mercy Hospital in Scranton, close to where he was living and working.
The next day, he was much worse. He was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Columbia County. There, Santizo was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP.