Martha

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.


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