Shefford man who beat meningitis to take part in marathon

Shefford man who beat meningitis to take part in marathon

22 April 2012

A local man from Shefford, who nearly died from pneumococcal meningitis in March 2011, will be joining thousands of other runners in London today to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

Paul Wadeson (31) has signed up to take part in the world famous Virgin London Marathon and hopes to raise £2,000 for MRF, a charity very close to his heart.

Paul said: “on 25th March last year I was suffering from severe headaches so went to my local hospital but was discharged later that morning. My fiancée was about to go away for her hen weekend, but she popped in to check on me and found me in a semi-conscious state and I was taken back to hospital in an ambulance. I was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis and induced into a coma for 3 days. I spent two weeks in hospital and the meningitis caused a stroke, which has affected my vision in my left eye but to be honest I feel lucky to have survived. I'm running for MRF to give something back to a charity that provide research and help people affected by this terrible disease. The doctors believe my level of fitness (I run for a local club) before becoming ill is what helped save my life, and although I've lost a lot of fitness this seemed the best way to give something back”.

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Paul for taking on the challenge of the marathon as we rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Every penny raised through his efforts in the Marathon will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”

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For information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, you can call the Freefone helpline on 080 8800 3344, visit our symptoms page or download the free app from I-tunes ‘Meningitis – Know the Symptoms’.

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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