A Luton mum-of-two nearly died when she developed meningococcal meningitis – a serious infection of the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal chord – after a happy half term weekend in Blackpool last November.
Emma Gormley, 35, of Runfold said: “I thought I was just suffering from fatigue after driving home.
“But I ended up being rushed to hospital where I spent six days in an isolation booth, two days in a high dependency unit and two days on a medical ward.” She added: “I’m very lucky to be alive - and it’s thanks to the prompt and outstanding care from the fast-response paramedic, ambulance team and all the staff at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.”
Emma is keen to get the message across that meningitis strikes adults as well as children.
She said: “I’ve always been very vigilant about my daughters. But I was naive thinking it couldn’t happen to me. Initially my legs and back were aching and I was shivering uncontrollably so my Mum dosed me with flu remedies.
“It was only several hours later when I saw my body covered in a blood blister-type rash that I knew it was meningitis.”
Three months later, Emma is still suffering tiredness and loss of vision and hearing. Some symptoms may never disappear.
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