Meningococcal Disease: Young Woman Nearly Lost Her Life To An Often-Fatal Infection She Thought Was Just The Flu
August 10, 2018
Young Sydney woman almost lost her life to an often-deadly infectious disease
Lily O’Connell, a 23-year-old student from Sydney, was celebrating Christmas with her family. She developed a sore throat and other flu-like symptoms the day before, but the young woman thought it was just the flu. Within hours, it became clear that it was much, much worse.
In the evening on Christmas Day, Lily’s condition spiraled down. She was vomiting and had neck pain. Then, a rash appeared on her face and spread very fast. Lily’s mother realized something was seriously wrong and called the doctor.