Family want to raise awareness

Daisy Marshall, who a year ago was fighting meningitis.

Daisy Marshall, who a year ago was fighting meningitis.

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A Carnoustie mum has been speaking of her experience in a bid to raise awareness during national Meningitis Awareness Week.

The week, which starts on Monday is aiming to make people aware of the symptoms of the potentially dangerous disease.

And Tara Tierney, whose daughter Daisy was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis at five months old is warning other parents to be aware of the warning signs.

She said: “I remember waking in the middle of the night and touching her fingers and they were burning hot. 

“I got a taxi to the emergency doctors and they told me she was fine but wanted her to go to hospital as she was so young.

“In hospital they told me they were going to do a lumbar puncture as they were almost positive she had meningitis. The lumbar came back positive.

“I was devastated - I knew hardly anything about meningitis except it killed. Daisy then began to have a horrendous seizure which lasted over an hour causing brain damage and a stroke.  

“The next few days were terrible, she took seizure after seizure and they were forced to transfer her to Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children so she could go into intensive care.

“Once we got to Edinburgh they did bloods and decided they had a better antibiotic so added that to the one she was already getting.

“From there she improved, was let out of intensive care after one night and opened her eyes for the first time in days. I was so scared after the brain damage she wouldn’t remember me, but she did and was back to her usual self.”

After a year of follow-up appointments Daisy was discharged and she doesn’t seem to be suffering any side effects from the brain damage, has regained full movement in the side affected by the stroke and hasn’t had any seizures.

Tara added: “I am so thankful that my daughter is still with us and has recovered so well. She is our whole world, the most friendly, affectionate child anyone has ever met.

“Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases you never expect to happen, but when they strike they can be devastating not just for the person who falls sick, but for all their loved ones, family and friends.

“That’s why I’m supporting Meningitis Awareness Week. Everyone needs to know about these diseases.”