A young mum has been left with permanent brain damage after being told there was “nothing to worry about” by Bristol Royal Infirmary – despite the fact she actually had meningitis.
The story began back in December 2009 when Clare Day experienced a tight chest. She received an x-ray which showed a shadow on her lungs but was informed no treatment was required. Over the next five months Clare began to exhibit many other symptoms of meningitis that are commonly-recognised. Worried about her condition and seeking more advice, she returned to Bristol Royal Infirmary several times after her initial visit. Each time she was told there was no need to be concerned.
Eventually in April 2010 she was taken into Bristol Royal Infirmary by ambulance. A scan then revealed she did in fact have meningitis. The form that was diagnosed was rare – tuberculosis meningitis. Legal proceedings have since resulted in a six-figure sum being paid out to Clare to help support her future care needs. She has a six-year-old son who is now being looked after by Clare’s parents, while Clare herself needs carers throughout each and every day as a result of her illness.
How serious is meningitis?
The symptoms of meningitis are quite well-known. This is indeed a serious disease and one that requires prompt treatment if the patient is to recover well with no side effects. It is exceptionally rare for a case such as the one mentioned above to come to light, but it does indicate that medical treatment for such a condition is vital. If it is not received at the right time – i.e. early on – the individual could find themselves in a life-changing situation. In some cases meningitis can prove fatal, depending on the type contracted and experienced.
Source: Bristol Post