Meningitis in your words

Irene Lopez's story

  • Location: Spain
  • Categories: Bacterial meningitis
  • Age: Adult 25-59
  • Outcome: Recovery with after effects
  • After effects: Co-ordination problems
IreneLopez - Meningitis in your words

On September 14th 2012, I was 29 years old. That day I started to feel sick at work so I decided to go home and rest. That night a girlfriend of mine decided to stay with me. Only 24 hours after the first symptom, I had seizures so my friend called an ambulance.

I was driven to the Emergency Unit, stayed in coma for four days and when I woke up my face was paralysed as well as all my body below my stomach and I had lost my memory and balance.

My diagnosis was bacterial meningoccocal meningitis and today I suffer spinal cord injury so I have to walk with crutches.

Meningitis is awful and can change your life in a second. Doctors told me I would never be able to walk again. I exercise every day since then to prove to myself that I am capable of anything.

Today I am the secretary of the unique patients association that fights against meningitis in Spain: AEM. I live a happy life with my dog in a beautiful southern Spanish city called Malaga.

Irene Lopez recovering from meningitis
Irene Lopez
May 2023


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