Grieving Woman Issues Warning After Boyfriend's 'Cold' Turned Out To Be Meningitis
John Webster, 34, had complained to his girlfriend Natasha Wright, 21, about having a cold.
On the evening of 19th October 2018, John told her he was feeling much worse, but told Natasha not to call an ambulance as he was sure it would pass.
Natasha awoke the next day to find her boyfriend unresponsive, and he was immediately rushed to hospital.
Shockingly, doctors told the concerned girlfriend John had a deadly meningitis and he was given a 10 per cent chance of survival.
Heartbreakingly, doctors turned off John's life support machine after letting Natasha know the disease had ravaged his body.
"Our anniversary was on the October 18 and we had a lovely time," Natasha, a sales assistant from Manchester, recalled.
"The following day though he developed what looked like a cold at first. He was sneezing and coughing a bit and then the following day he was in and out of bed.
Adding: "He got worse and wasn't getting much sleep and told me he had a really bad headache. He was hardly eating or drinking either and wasn't really talking."
"I said I was going to ring an ambulance and he suddenly told me not to. That night he had diarrhoea and the following morning I woke up and he was unresponsive. I went straight downstairs and rang an ambulance.
She continued: "When the medics turned up they asked why hadn't brought him in sooner. They carried him into the ambulance and he was flaying his arms around, not making much sense.
"When we got to hospital they took him straight to ICU and put him in a coma. They told me it was meningitis nearly straight away.
"When he went into ICU they told me he might have only a 10 per cent chance of surviving."
At this point, Natasha was told they were turning John's life support off.
"It's been so hard," says Natasha. "I think about him and miss him each and every day.
"If one person becomes more aware about the symptoms of meningitis than I know his death won't have been in vain."
She added: "It is a deadly disease, that doesn't take long from being okay to being in a critical condition, so even the slightest awareness might save someones life."
According to the NHS, symptoms of meningitis include a high temperature, cold hands and feet, vomiting, confusion, breathing quickly, muscle and joint pain, pale, and mottled or blotchy skin spots or a rash among others.
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