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Monique Hopgood

United States of America Pneumococcal Toddler 1-3 Recovery with After Effects Epilepsy - Seizures (Fits)
Monique Hopgood

My name is Monique Hopgood-Wilis and I came down with Meningitis at 2 1/2 years old.

On October 20th, 1997, I complained to my mom about neck and knee pain and using the bathroom on myself.

According to my mom, I was really irritable all day. My mom took to me to the doctor once she realized I had a rash. The doctor told my mom I was fine and sent me home.

Later that night, my mom went to work and my dad was home with me when I started having seizures on my left side and was slipping into a coma. He then called my mom and told her they needed to get me the hospital ASAP.

The nurses did many of tests and my blood count and glucose levels were down. My left pupil was dilated 4mm. I continued to have seizures for 3 hours before the nurses and doctors controlled them with Dilantin and Ativan. I was in a coma for 2 week.The doctors told my parents if I were to come out of it I would be handicapped (deaf, mute, blind etc.).

Monique remembers, "When I came out of it I had to learn how to re-learn everything (walk, talk, toilet trained you name it). As time went on I lived a normal life."

When I came out of it I had to learn how to re-learn everything (walk, talk, toilet trained you name it). As time went on I lived a normal life.

Around age 11, when I reached puberty, my seizures started again. The doctors said it was normal. We learned that I had scar tissue on the brain. I continued to have seizures throughout my life especially when I was stressed, I'm currently on Keppra for them. Something's that come easy for the average person is sometimes difficult for me.

I thank God I beat the odds and I'm alive to tell my story.

Monique Hopgood
September 2017

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