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Jake Hilton

England Pneumococcal Teenager Full Recovery
Jake Hilton

On 19th April 2015, I was staying at my girlfriend’s house (I had to be told the next bit) when I started with an extremely bad headache and felt sick.

I was then transferred to the intensive care unit. The results came back. My family were told I had severe pneumococcal meningitis, and I may not survive.They were now beside themselves with worry.

I then started to have convulsions. I then went into a coma, my girlfriend called an ambulance and I was taken to the A and E department at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. I needed to have a brain scan and a lumbar puncture. 

I was very quickly treated with strong antibiotics, steroids (to reduce swelling around the brain) and other medications. I was to spend the next 4 days in a coma; my family were told it was possible I may have severe brain damage. 

"When I eventually came round, my family, and the lovely doctors and nurses told me what had happened to me over the last week."

Over the following few days the doctors and nurses were to try and bring me round. I felt very confused and was hallucinating a lot. When I eventually came round, my family, and the lovely doctors and nurses told me what had happened to me over the last week.


The following week I started to slowly improve and then 13 days after arriving in hospital I went home. I felt very weak and had a stiff neck and pains in my right foot and leg, but I felt very lucky to be alive with only minor after effects. 

My family and I feel so eternally grateful to all the hard working staff within the I.C.U. at Stepping Hill. A thank you just didn't seem enough!

Before I got pneumococcal meningitis I dislocated my knee. In total, for both problems, I had about 6 weeks off college, 

About 6 weeks on..... 

I have got a distinction star in my studies, which is agricultural engineering. I feel amazed I was able to achieve this after being so poorly and I have just enjoyed my summer ball at college with my girlfriend.

I wanted to share my story to give hope and positivity to families that may read this that there can be life after this awful illness.

Keep strong, and forever hopeful.

Jake Hilton
June 2015
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