Dan still facing meningitis battle

Daniel Rose
Daniel Rose

A SCARBOROUGH man is still being treated in Hull Royal Infirmary after being told he had swine flu instead of meningitis.

Dan Rose, of South Cliff, was told by advisors at NHS Direct that he should take paracetamol, drink lots of fluids and stay at home.

But when his mum, Amanda Morton, went round to see him she realised something was more seriously wrong.

It turned out that Mr Rose, 24, had pneumococcal meningitis and could have died.

Mrs Morton, who works as a medical secretary in Sherburn, said her son is still very poorly but is in good spirits.

She said: “He’s up and down, but he’s not too bad. He’s still got a long way to go.

“He has an abscess on the frontal lobe of his brain which has not changed at all, but they’re rescanning it all the time to check on his progress.

“We’re hoping it will shrink on its own rather than them having to operate.”

Mrs Morton added that Dan still has a lot of antibiotic therapy to go and they are looking at him being in hospital for at least two to three more weeks at the moment.

She added: “The care has been absolutely brilliant. The consultant rings me whenever he can and gives me a full update.

“His friends have also been brilliant – he’s had loads of visitors.”

Mr Rose fell ill on January 8 and went home early from his job at Phones 4U in the town centre.

His girlfriend rang NHS Direct and was told his symptoms indicated that he may have swine flu.

After being seen at the Castle Health Centre in York Place, Mr Rose was rushed to Scarborough Hospital for emergency treatment.

He was then transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary where he remains.

Mrs Morton added that she wanted to make people aware that the symptoms of swine flu can be very similar to other conditions such as meningitis, septicaemia, encephalitis and malaria.

She said: “If reading this helps somebody else then that’s the main thing.”

The Meningitis Research Foundation’s chief executive, Christopher Head, said: “Spotting meningitis symptoms early can save lives.

“Specifically look out for the ‘red flag’ early warning symptoms: cold hands and feet, severe pain in the limbs and joints, and pale or mottled skin, as well as the ‘classic’ symptoms like a stiff neck and dislike of bright lights.”

NHS Direct responded to the Evening News’s original report on Mr Rose by saying they could not comment on individual cases, but encouraged the family to get in touch to discuss their concerns.