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  • Jeannie Dunphy
    April 25, 2012 - 05:54

    I had bacterial meningitis at the age of five. I to, was sent home with the flu. Thankfully my mother took me to another doctor where I started to convulse in my mothers arms. I was sent directly to the Old Janeway. My daugther had virual menigistis at age 21 DAYS old. I was told that children of that age "crash" quickly. Looking back I think they were trying to say die suddenly. Today neither of us are any worse for the wear, the only side affect is we have no imnune system. We pick up everthing, (even with good hygine) and what ever we pick up seems to hit us five times harder than the average person.

  • Michelle
    April 24, 2012 - 09:28

    In the 1970's I had an infant brother who died from meningitis. It happened very quickly and was horrifiying. While I did not get to see him just before he passed, I was told that his little form had swelled so much that he was unrecognizable. He was initially misdiagnosed as having the flu and sent home. The family was told that had he survived, he would have been deaf with severe brain damage and multiple disabilities as well. I still miss him and am shocked at how fast it took him from us. Mark, you are indeed truly lucky.

  • Darrell Squires
    April 24, 2012 - 07:59

    Excellent feature, and such valuable information. You are lucky for sure, Mark.

    • Patrick Guilfoyle
      April 24, 2012 - 09:39

      Tara Bradbury, thank you for sharing Mark Callanan's miraculous story. In the Spring of 1980, I was rushed to the Janeway hospital. I was semi-conscious. I had a fever of about 41, was throwing up, had a throbbing pain like nothing I've ever experienced in the back of my head and felt like a steam roller ran over me. I was admitted to hospital, but it wasn't until a few days later that Dr. Chandra (specialist in paediatric infectuous diseases) and Dr. Button (a resident at the time) diagnosed me with spinal meningitis. Back then, very little was known about meningitis. I am lucky to be alive. I was in hospital for 3 weeks. I will always owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Chandra and Dr. Button.