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Clarenville woman re­cov­er­ing af­ter fright­en­ing bout of Le­gionar­ies’ dis­ease

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY MARK SQUIBB

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


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