28-year-old Juttima Chinnasri from Sydney lost her fingers and legs after she thought she just caught a cold.
The woman went to bed early thinking her fever was a sign of oncoming flu. But when she woke up the next day, her body was covered in dark, blotchy rashes.
Chinnasri was rushed to St. George Hospital where doctors told her she was ‘very, very sick.’ A blood test confirmed she had meningococcal B. To save her life, she was put in a coma.
When she woke up ten days later, she was told her legs and fingers had to be amputated.
Speaking about her experience, she told The Daily Telegraph: “Half of me didn’t believe it.
“I hoped there was another way out so I did not have to lose my legs and hands.”
Chinnasri spent three months in the hospital to learn how to live without her fingers and legs. She has since returned to her parent’s home in Kogarah.
Even though she couldn’t walk anymore, she said she still considers herself lucky to survive the disease. “I just try and think I am lucky I’m still here, it could have been way worse,” she expressed.
One in every ten people who contracted meningococcal B dies. It is the most common of the 5 strains of the disease.
Meningococcal Australia’s Eliza-Ault Connell told Daily Mail Australia timing is the key to survive the disease.
“We’ve seen people at breakfast be dead by dinner, you literally see rashes develop before their eyes.”
Symptoms of meningococcal disease include fever, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, discomfort when looking at bright lights, neck stiffness, swollen or painful joints, and difficulty walking. Other symptoms include bruises, general malaise, moaning, and confusion.
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