Meningitis in your words

Eli's story

  • Categories: Pneumococcal
  • Age: Baby 0-1
  • Relationship: Parent
  • Outcome: Recovery with after effects
  • After effects: Epilepsy - Seizures (Fits), Speech problems
Eli - Meningitis in your words
Eli my daughter, only 7 months old, became ill with a fever and after visiting several doctors and hearing different diagnoses of throat infection, we went to a pediatrician who informed us about the gravity of my daughter's health. Later we went to the IMSS (Mexican Institute of Social Security) where the results of the analysis found that she had a very low level of platelets. 

The next day my daughter had a seizure, they transferred us to the IMSS in Zamora after she had seizures again. She was intubated and induced to coma and later we were transferred to the IMSS Charo from Morelia where she was admitted to intensive care for 4 days. Her diagnosis was pneumococcal meningitis with suspected pulmonary aspiration.

The pediatricians in charge of intensive care asked me not to leave the hospital because Eli could die at any moment.

My daughter was very poorly, she had forgotten that I was her mother and even forgot how to suck milk from a bottle. She was confused and, in addition to this, her head was stuck to her back, she had a stiff neck, her limbs did not move and appeared shrunken. In the hospital they gave her different treatments, some initially causing an allergy.

It was clear that the pediatrics team of IMSS Charo knew how to treat this terrible disease. In addition, the doctor in charge of infectious diseases and the therapist were present to help with what was needed.

After 23 days of hospitalization, she was discharged, the after effects that remain may be in her speech and when she walks because she seems to have a stiff foot.

We live in the kings of Salgado Michoac√°n Mexico. Here the vaccine is only found in the private sector.

Moms, reading this note, make sure this does not happen to you. In Mexico so far this year there is a record of 100 cases, remember that this disease progresses so fast that it leads children to death.

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