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Golborne resident issues meningitis warning
7:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A GOLBORNE resident is using her experience of meningitis to warn others about the symptoms.
Amanda Hull contracted meningococcal septicaemia in 2011 and wants to make others aware that it is not only a disease that affects children.
She believes that had it not been for the quick thinking of nurses at the walk-in centre, she would not be here today.
Amanda, of Summercroft Close, said: “I didn’t realise I had meningococcal septicaemia, I just felt like I had really bad flu with an unbearable headache.
“By the time we got to our walk-in centre I couldn’t walk properly, my lips were blue, my fingers completely white and I was having trouble putting sentences together – within just two hours of waking up and noticing a very odd rash.
“I was rushed to hospital where I fell into a coma.
“When I woke up two days later, my husband Brian told me that I had to be restrained because I had been pulling all my monitors out and punching the nurses.
“That’s one of the hardest things to have to come to terms with because I cannot recollect anything from that time and that sort of behaviour is very unlike me.
“The quick thinking of the staff at the centre saved my life.
“I had no idea how quickly I would deteriorate, I had always just associated meningitis with children and as I don’t have any, I didn’t know much about it.”
Amanda, aged 47, spent 10 days in hospital and six months recovering but she now has to wear hearing aids in both ears and has become more forgetful.
She said: “I have to write things down a lot more now, and not just things that I need to do but things that I have done as well, but it could have been so much worse.”
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