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Susanna Leijten

Susanna Leijten
Gender: Female
Species: Human
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Status: Active (2367)
Played by: Maryann Plunkett

Susanna Leijten was a Starfleet officer who had served with Geordi La Forge on the USS Victory.

In 2362 Lieutenant Leijten was part of an away team with La Forge along with three other crewpersons that landed on the planet Tarchannen III. They were exposed to an alien retro-DNA which took over three members of her former crew and turned them into alien lifeforms.

Between 2362 and 2367 she almost married an old aquaintance of her, Paul Bogrow.

In 2367 she arrived on the USS Enterprise-D to inform La Forge that they were the only two left from the away team, and that the others had disappeared. When they landed on the planet to investigate, Lieutenant Commander Leijten started to act strangely, refusing to leave. La Forge beamed her to sickbay, where Dr. Crusher found that she was covered with dark blotches and her hands were mutating. Alien DNA had started to change Leijten into an alien lifeform, but she was saved by Dr. Crusher. She helped in the rescue of La Forge, who also was mutating and had returned to Tarchannen III. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")

Leijten was played by actress Maryann Plunkett and her photo double Nettenstrom who took over during the scenes in sickbay.
Leijten and La Forge apparently developed a big sister/little brother type relationship some time in the past, probably during their service on the Victory.

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