Home for the holidays
Clarenville woman recovering after frightening bout of Legionaries’ disease
Cy and Berdina McGettigan.
Normal life came to a screeching halt for Cy and Berdina McGettigan Oct. 14, when Cy rushed his wife to Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital with what he thought at the time were severe flu symptoms.
She started to develop symptoms the around Oct. 9 or 10.
On Thursday, Oct.11, Berdina and Cy went to a dinner, and she says she could not taste her food. Her condition worsened over the weekend— she became weak, had severe vomiting and diarrhea, and would reach for an object that wasn’t there.
Cy says a doctor at the hospital recognized that she was in serious trouble, and saw to her right away, ordering a chest x-ray and CAT scan.
After spending the day with his wife at the hospital, Cy went home to get some rest, intending to head back to the hospital in the morning.
At 4 a.m., his phone rang.
“It was the nurse in the ICU, saying ‘come up to the hospital, we need to see you right away.’”
The doctors had discovered Berdina had severe infections in her lungs and kidney, and had fallen into septic shock, a potentially fatally condition. She needed further treatment they could not provide.
Berdina was air lifted from