With Meningitis Awareness Week falling recently, we were exposed to some of the most devastating stories from patients all over the world.
Now, Charlene Colechin has added her voice to the awareness campaign, by sharing her own ongoing struggle with bacterial meningitis.
The 18-year-old Derbyshire native contracted the condition last month, and was rushed to hospital after her organs began to fail. Up to that point, she had experienced vomiting, migraines and aches all over her body.
Suffering blood poisoning from the illness, Charlene was left with a horrific rash all over her body –and things got progressively worse.
In a heart-wrenching Facebook post, Charlene explained how she ‘died’ and had to be revived by medics at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
“They brought me back, but because they were concentrating on reviving the top half of my body, they left my bottom half, which has caused my feet to go f***ed up, especially my toes,” she wrote, sharing harrowing photos of herself in hospital.
She revealed that she is now facing into amputation of her toes, and possibly even her feet.
“These are not nice photos, but this is the reality of what meningitis can do,” she wrote, prompting an outpouring of support and well wishes from the Facebook community.
If you want to know more about meningitis, and the signs and symptoms to look out for, check out this link.