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Twenty-year-old Lyndon Longhorne is from County Durham

The sudden demise of a college pupil has added new impetus to the work of fellow pupil Lyndon Longhorne.

Lyndon, within the second 12 months of a sports activities administration diploma at Northumbria College in Newcastle, is a youth ambassador for the charity Meningitis Now after contracting the illness himself when he was a toddler,

It was introduced on Thursday 19-year-old learning at Northumbria, whose identify has not been launched, had died after contracting meningococcal meningitis (group W).

Lyndon, who’s 20, says: “Persons are surprised. At first we did not know what had occurred however there was speak that it was meningitis. Lots of people did not know what it was.

“Individuals have been feeling very down due to every thing that is been happening, however everybody’s attempting to select one another up and attempting to look ahead.”

Frequent indicators & signs of meningitis and septicaemia

  • Fever, chilly arms and toes
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsy, troublesome to wake
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Extreme muscle ache
  • Pale, blotchy pores and skin
  • Spots/rash
  • Extreme headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Dislike brilliant lights
  • Convulsions/seizures

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“As a survivor myself I simply stated ‘oh gosh’ I have to get on the market and unfold the phrase.

“We have to do no matter we are able to to make folks conscious of the signs.”

Lyndon misplaced one leg under the knee and one above, in addition to his proper arm and a part of the fingertips on his left hand after contracting meningitis when he was eight-and-a-half-months previous.

“I used to be solely a child when it occurred to me so I’ve tailored to on a regular basis life however for me, daily is a problem. Nevertheless, I do love problem!”

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These college students and employees who’ve been in shut contact with the coed who died have been supplied antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

In August, younger folks had been being urged to get the Males ACWY vaccine that helps shield in opposition to meningitis W particularly – a extremely aggressive pressure of the illness that’s on the rise.

Meningitis injection

  • The Males ACWY vaccine which protects in opposition to the A, C, Y and W strains of the illness – all varieties that may trigger demise or incapacity
  • It was first launched for brand spanking new college college students within the UK final 12 months
  • Twenty-two folks contracted meningitis W in 2009 in England, in contrast with nearly 200 folks within the final 12 months
  • Meningitis W an infection is deadly in a single in 10 instances and may result in long-term well being issues together with deafness, epilepsy and amputations
  • New college students are in danger as they typically combine intently with teams of unfamiliar folks – some who could unknowingly carry the bug

Specialists say that Lyndon’s age group is the toughest with which to speak concerning the risks of meningitis and it’s hoped that youth ambassadors like him are a great way ahead for spreading the phrase – one thing with which he agrees.

“I feel that is positively true.

“As a result of I am in a wheelchair everybody says ‘oh what occurred?’ and I do not thoughts telling my story – I am going round and provides motivational speeches about my expertise and the way I overcome issues.

“As soon as I’ve talked to folks and informed them I had meningitis lots of people say to me ‘oh sure we have had the jab’ however it’s nonetheless necessary that individuals look out for signs.”

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And he says one of many issues for college kids is that the signs may be just like flu or a hangover – each issues that college students are sometimes more likely to expertise.

“I inform those who even when it seems like a hangover or flu, to take a look at their signs on the Meningitis Now web site guidelines.

“I put out playing cards in my halls which have a guidelines of signs and in the event you tick off just a few of them I inform folks to go to the GP, or any extra go to A&E.

“I am attempting to provide out as many playing cards to folks and put up posters.”

He admits it’s irritating that individuals don’t realise that immunisation can stop deaths.

One problem for college kids is registering with GPs. They’re inspired to take action once they arrive at college and Lyndon says loads have now finished this since information of the demise unfold round campus.

“Lots of people who moved to the north-east from the south did not have docs. It was a shock to them. Hopefully folks at the moment are turning into conscious.

“Lots of people from the north-east have not had the jab too. I feel it was eight% of individuals right here had the jab, whereas nationally the speed is 17 to 18%.”

“Hopefully now this price will go up.”


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