Hello my name is Barbara Jennings.
MAY 29, 2016 my daughter Vanessa (14) began experiencing severe headaches and nausea. We took her to the ER and the doctor told us she needed to be taken to a children's hospital because he was sure she had meningitis. We went by ambulance to the children's hospital.
The ER doctor refused to listen to our local doctor and refused to do the lumbar puncture. Instead he treated her for migraines and sent her home.
She continued to deteriorate. She could not eat or drink, could not stand lights or noise. I took her to two more doctors and they too treated for migraines.
On June 12th Vanessa became very disoriented and could no longer control her body. She collapsed on our living room floor and was rushed by ambulance to our local hospital. The doctor immediately asked for my permission to sedate her, place her on a ventilator, and do a lumbar puncture. Within an hour we had the diagnosis of pneumococcal meningitis. That began a seven week battle for Vanessa's life.