Meningococcal woman on mend
A WOMAN who has been fighting for her life after being diagnosed with the deadly meningococcal B-strain is “doing well”, weeks after her husband died of the disease.
It comes as a 7-year-old boy from regional SA was admitted to hospital with the W-strain. He is in a stable condition.
Greenwith woman Gillian Taylor, 52, right, has been in a critical condition at the Lyell McEwin Hospital but her daughter Nicole Lumsden, 31, of Munno Para, told The Advertiser her mother was finally awake. “They (the doctors) took her off sedation this morning (Friday) and they let her wake up,” she said.
“The first thing she said was ‘what happened?’.
“It’s looking very hopeful (but) she’s not 100 per cent out of the woods yet.”
The news comes weeks after Ms Lumsden’s stepfather Mark Taylor, 53, died of the same strain five hours after he fell ill on July 17.
Ms Lumsden again urged the State and Federal governments to make the meningococcal B-strain vaccine free for everyone. “I want the vaccine to be available for free like a flu shot,” she said. “Nobody should have to go through this – it’s devastating.
“On Monday, she (Gillian) was complaining that her neck was really sore and stiff, she had a headache and she was drowsy. She presented with spots (on her body) and had an infection on her brain.”
Health authorities are trying to determine the source of the disease but it appears unlikely Mr Taylor infected his wife. So far this year, there have been 29 cases in SA, compared with 20 at the same time last year.
Eighteen cases have been the B-strain, eight have been the W-strain and three cases the Y-strain.