Recovered meningitis sufferer from Sutton speaks out
A meningitis victim has spoken about her battle with the deadly illness.
Kathryn de Villiers, from Sutton, is sharing her experiences in aid of Meningitis Awareness Week (September 16-22) which aims to make people aware of the symptoms.
She said: “I was incredibly lucky to survive, having only been given a 10 per cent chance by the doctors but fortunately received treatment relatively quickly.
“Despite being in a coma for four days I survived without any after effects. Now I have a young son of my own I am more aware than ever how important it is to raise awareness of the disease.
“I understand that I am one of the incredibly lucky ones – firstly to have survived being so poorly, but also with no real after effects – my doctor said it was a miracle.
“Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases you never expect to happen, but when they strike they can be devastating not just for the person who falls sick, but for all their loved ones, family and friends. That’s why I’m supporting Meningitis Awareness Week. Everyone needs to know about these diseases.”
Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can strike without warning, killing one in ten people, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life changing effects ranging from deafness to brain damage and loss of limbs.
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