Jack McCord

Meningococcal disease at 66

Meningococcal disease

On Saturday 7th May Dad was taken in to hospital after being found unresponsive by my sister. He was in bed and unable to communicate. My mum then called for an ambulance, when the paramedics arrived they told us he was showing signs of sepsis and needed to taken in.

My sister was told to gather some of dad’s clothes and belonging that he may want when he comes round. At that time the paramedics told us he will be ok, he just needs antibiotics.

When arriving at hospital he was sent for a chest x-ray which showed he had a slight infection, but then a doctor came to see him and things took a turn for the worst, we was told he wasn't responding how he should of been to these few simple test and was sent for a CT scan of the brain.

The family at this time was all rushing up to the hospital. My mum and sister were then called in to speak to the doctor and was told that dad was very ill and would have to put in to an induced coma to give his body a rest and the best chance to fight whatever he was fighting. He was taken in to intensive care.

The next day they started to bring him out of the coma and he hadn't shown any signs of regaining consciousness. We were told there could be a few factors why his age etc. It was them confirmed he had a type of meningitis.

The next day the family was told after him having another CT that he had a bleed within the brain wall and he was brain dead, there was nothing more that could be done. It was likely now that it was just the machines keeping him alive. Two more test would have to be performed the next day to see if there was any signs of brain stent function. Myself and mum where there with dad when the doctors did this, with all his family in the waiting room.

It was then on Tuesday 10th May 2016 it was confirmed that Dad was gone and they would be turning the machines off.

LAUREN McCORD
JANUARY 2017