Meningococcal disease survivor | Georgia

My name is Danielle and I am 23 years old, and I am a survivor of bacterial meningococcal meningitis. When I was only 2 years old, I contracted this horrible disease while traveling out of state. My parents said for days I ran a fever of close to 106 degrees, but hospitals continued to send me home with them because they could not figure out what was wrong with me. Finally, one doctor, and if not for him I probably would not be here, made the decision to do a spinal tap and discovered that I was highly contaminated with this serious disease. After my parents were told that I had a 10% chance of survival, I was life-flighted to a children’s hospital that could help me. Immediately I was placed on IV antibiotics which caused me to fall into a coma. I was in a coma for 3 months, when doctors told my parents that if I made it out, I would have brain damage, and loss of hearing and sight because of the high fever that I had suffered for such a long period of time. Finally my parents’ prayers were answered when I finally woke up. To the disbelief of all the doctors and hospital staff, I had not suffering any brain damage and no loss of hearing or vision. To this day, the doctors are puzzled as to how I overcame what seemed to be an unalterable outcome. Now I am happily married with a wonderful 2 year old little boy and a college graduate from Georgia Southern University. Miracles can come true.

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