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Her infant daughter survived meningitis | Florida

I took my daugther to our local children’s hospital twice and a different hospital, and we got sent home with the advice that it was a viral infection and it would pass. She had just turned 4 months old and weigted just over 10lbs (because of being so sick). On Nov. 11, 2008 I took her back to our children’s hospital for the third time; it had been 3 days and she had not responded, hadn’t opened her eyes, had a fever still of 104.7 (day 5) hadn’t eaten in days, not pooping or peeing. You had to look very close at her tummy to see if it was moving. That was my only way of knowing she was still alive. She was so limp like a rag doll. Doctors came in our room again and did blood work, x-rays, and urine again and it all came back “normal. ”…  read more


Lost his son, Michael | Virginia

My son Michael Sean Hodges died from Bacterial Meningitis on May 9, 2009. He developed a severe headache on Wednesday, suffered though it on Thursday, trying but failing to stay at work both days. On Friday morning at 4am, he asked my daughter (his sister) to take him to the Emergency Room. He was there for about five hours while they took a CAT scan and diagnosed a “raging sinus infection”. The medical pros gave him pain medication and some antibiotics, and then sent him home, even though HE did not want to go. My daughter said that her brother was crying from the pain. My son RARELY ever cried so the pain must have been intense. My daughter took her brother home to the apartment they shared. She called me at work to let me know that Mike was being treated at the ER for a sinus infection. A…  read more


Lost his best friend, Josh | Illinois

I always feel that when writing a story that it has to have a happy ending. I guess in life we realize as we get older that it becomes less and less the case. My best friend of 10 years passed away on August 25th 2009 of Meningococcal meningitis. He was 26 years old at the time. He was active, healthy… had tons of friends and was surrounded by people who loved him. Josh W. Herbold was my brother and my best friend. He went into the hospital on Sunday, April 23rd with severe flu-like symptoms. It seemed to take days for the doctors to finally diagnose it as meningitis and by the time they did it was too late to do anything about it. My last words from Josh were not spoken… the last time I got to see him with his eyes open was that Monday. I told…  read more


Lost her 22 year old daughter, Nicole | Iowa

Our beautiful 22 year old daughter Nicole was born in Cedar Rapids IA on August 1, 1981 and died May 10, 2004 from bacterial meningitis. College graduation & finals were drawing near and Nicki was fighting a cold. To relieve some stress, she went out with her friends on a Saturday night. Sunday morning she did not feel well and thus our nightmare began. Nicki called us the morning of Mother’s Day to say that she had a headache, sore throat, ached all over and had a temperature of 100.8°. We advised her to see a doctor but she felt it was the flu and just wanted to rest. Early evening, her boyfriend called to say that she was much worse and needed to go to the hospital. She fought us in our attempt to get her out of bed because her body ached – it hurt just to touch…  read more


Lost his brother, Jessi

Jessi Foster passed away on February 18th, 2010 due to Bacterial Meningitis caused by streptococcus pneumonia. There were no indicators except for an ear infection the day before he passed. Jessi visited his primary care doctor complaining of an ear infection and was later sent home with antibiotics. The next morning he was rushed to the ER because he was dazed with a high fever and did not know where he was. Later that evening Jessi was pronounced brain dead due to Meningitis; There was nothing anyone could have done since it happened so fast and he deginerated within hours. As you read this you might think that Jessi was a toddler or a young man in college…you will find to your surprise he was neither; he was 27 years old. Jessi was due to be married just two days after he passed and this disease stole what was to…  read more


Had as infant, lost cousin

In 1993 I became, along with my cousin,ill with Meningococcal Meningitis. I was only 18 months old, while my cousin was 3years old. I am now 18 and can say I lived through the disease mark free. As for my cousin, she died in less than 24 hours after showing first signs of the disease. My mom dropped me off at my grandma’s, and I was just fine. My mom got a call not 2 hours later, that said I was not conscious and had a purple rash. I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and it was treated early enough that I do not have one sign to show I had the disease. My cousin came to visit me the night I was taken to the hospital, and she died the very next day before she was able to be treated. It took her life that fast, and…  read more


Lost her daughter, Natalie, aged 11 | Illinois

My daughter, Natalie, died on December 1, 2009, at at 11. She had a low fever on Saturday so we gave her some Tylenol and she felt better. On Sunday, she started throwing up. She was nauseous all day and didn’t want to eat or drink. I didn’t think she looked good so on Monday morning I scheduled a doctor’s appointment for her. I thought if anything was really wrong, the doctor would know. She did not have a temperature at the doctor’s office and her only symptoms were not feeling well, throwing up and diarrhea. She did had a nose bleed on Saturday morning but she did have nosebleeds quite often and had been seen by a specialist for them. I’m not sure if it was a symptom or not. The doctor told us it was just an intestinal virus and she did give her some anti-nausea medicine. When…  read more


Meningitis Survivor | Texas

My name is Kristy & I was diagnosed with meningitis on August 4th, 2007. I was on a job interview, and I was becoming extremely cold and shaking to the point it was unbearable. The lady giving me the interview sent me home and said to call her tomorrow. I went home and took some cold and sinus medicine, then I went to sleep. Later my fiance came in to wake me up and check on me, and I felt so weak. I really didn’t know where I was or anything. He called my friend who is a nurse, and she came over and checked my vitals. She told my fiance to get me to the emergency room immediately. When I arrived at the hospital, I was checked by the triage nurse, and they sent me straight to the back. All I remember after that is the nurse telling me…  read more


Meningitis Survivor | Georgia

In 1981 I came down with meningococcal meningitis. I was 19 and in college. My case was the 1st case in the hospital in south Florida. After being diognosed with the flu I was sent home. I woke up vomitting and would faint when I stood up. When the fire and rescue came, my pulse could not be detected. I spent 10 days in the hospital, 3 days in ICU. They realized what I had after the spinal tap, and at that point injected penicillin to kick it. There were no side effects or permanent injuries. I understand that I am very lucky to be alive and I urge parents to vaccinate their children.


Sister of Laura, died of meningococcal disease | Maryland

My sister, Laura, was a freshman at the University of Vermont when she contracted meningitis. She was away at school for just a few weeks. She hadn’t been feeling well, and we all thought she was coming down with the flu. I was a senior in college when I got the phone call on an early Friday morning that Laura was very sick and that they were getting on the first flight up to Burlington to see what was going on. Of course I went with them. When we got to the hospital she was in a coma. She was receiving a lot of antibiotics but they weren’t working. Her internal organs shut down one by one. When her heart started to fail the doctors tried a pacemaker but by then it was too late. Laura died on Saturday, October 11, 1986. She was 18 years old. Our family and…  read more

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