Sandra Murray Shares her story

I contracted Pneumococcal Meningitis (bacterial), on the 12/11/2014 at 39 years old.

It all started when I went to the GP with what I thought to be a severe sinus infection. My head ached so bad, I just had to lie down. The GP thought it was just a virus and gave me antivirals and sent me home. Within 3 hours of going to the GP, I fell into a coma.

My husband arrived home soon after, thankfully and called A&E. When I got to the hospital I had a lumbar puncture determine it was bacterial meningitis. I don’t remember anything else from that night but woke up nearly a month later and had no feeling in my left arm or left leg. My left foot is still numb and I have very little sensation in it. Also I have lost my ability to touch type & write(even though I’m right handed!) I have difficulties subtracting too.

I had a stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, a rash showed up later when I was in ICU but it was so small, nothing like what’s normally associated with meningitis.. I spent nearly 6 months in UCHG and finally got a bed in the NHR, where I made huge gains. I arrived in a wheelchair but within a few weeks I was on a walking pole. I hope to start walking independently very soon..

I implore people DO NOT WAIT FOR A RASH as often it does not appear until it is too late!

ACT for meningitis has been a great help to me as it was great hearing of other peoples experiences & I would love to be involved for fundraising for ACT, I also think it’s hugely worthwhile for the meningitis b vaccine to be available in the south.

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