Footballer Daniel Sturridge supports Awareness Week
25 September 2012
Chelsea and England footballer Daniel Sturridge is encouraging the public to Be MeningitisWise
during Meningitis Awareness Week (17-23 September).
Daniel is supporting MRF's campaign after he was struck down by viral meningitis in July, putting his chances of playing for Team GB at the Olympics in doubt.
He kindly posed for a picture with MRF Ambassador Julie Tucker and her family at Chelsea FC on Saturday 22 September and told her about his experiences.
Daniel remembers: “ I started feeling ill on the Thursday but thought I was just overtired as I had a headache and was feeling nauseous. I started being sick on the Friday, so went to the doctor who said he thought I had a migraine.
“On Saturday, I had been sick a number of times and the headache was getting worse, so I went to the hospital and they said they thought I had food poisoning and told me to go home and rest.
“On Monday, I was on a train on the way to a meeting and the headache was unbearable and I couldn’t stand the lights, so I phoned the Chelsea club doctor who told me to get back to London and they then rushed me into St Mary’s hospital.
“I was given antibiotics for bacterial and viral meningitis as a precautionary measure, before it was confirmed that I had the viral form of the disease. I was devastated as I didn’t think it could happen to me and couldn’t believe how quickly it struck.
“I have made a full recovery, thanks to God and the medical care I received, and I’m so lucky to be able to still play football and continue with my life.”
Daniel added: “People need to learn the symptoms of the disease and get medical help quickly if they suspect meningitis. Make sure you are MeningitisWise
as it could save a life.”
Meningitis can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Viral meningitis is a serious illness but it is not usually life-threatening. Bacterial meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.