Meningitis victim is back at home

Daniel Rose
Daniel Rose

A SCARBOROUGH man who has been battling meningitis after being told he had swine flu is now back at home with his family.

A SCARBOROUGH man who has been battling meningitis after being told he had swine flu is now back at home with his family.

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

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

He was rushed to Scarborough Hospital’s A&E department for urgent treatment and was then transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary for scans and antibiotic therapy.

Mr Rose also needed a number of scans as he had developed an abscess on the frontal lobe of his brain.

He had to stay in hospital for a number of weeks and even now he is back at home, he is having to make daily trips to Castle Hill Hospital in Hull for intravenous antibiotics.

His mum Amanda Morton said: “He’s not doing too bad and will hopefully keep progressing well.

“It’s great to have him home and everyone has been rallying round to take him to Hull every day - they’ve been fantastic.”

Mrs Morton also praised the staff at Castle Hill for the way they have looked after Dan.

She added: “He’s a lot happier now he’s home and is getting stronger every day.”

Mrs Morton, a medical secretary, also explained that Dan’s abscess has shrunk to half the size so it’s likely that he won’t need an operation.

However he still needs to continue the antibiotic treatment for another couple of weeks.

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.

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.