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Killer meningococcal scare for young footballer

Dylan Galloway (left) is thankful for the quick thinking of his girlfriend Katie Johnson (right) and staff at Warwick Hospital for ensuring he survived a potentially fatal meningococcal infection. Photo Contributed
Dylan Galloway (left) is thankful for the quick thinking of his girlfriend Katie Johnson (right) and staff at Warwick Hospital for ensuring he survived a potentially fatal meningococcal infection. Photo Contributed Contributed

WARWICK footballer Dylan Galloway has had a brush with death after testing positive for meningococcal last week.

The Warwick Cowboys player was released from Warwick Hospital on Sunday after going to hospital on Thursday night with symptoms including a rash, which is one sign of the potentially fatal bacterial infection.

"Looking back, it was pretty scary," Mr Galloway said.

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"I was taking antibiotics a few times a day and feeling reasonably well not too long after but it was still a shock it turned out to be that.

"I was in contact with my family and my girlfriend the whole time but I'm happy to be home since the hospital confirmed I was not contagious.

"The hospital doesn't want people to be worried - you can't catch it easily so even people I spent time with in the days beforehand weren't at risk."

Meningococcal can kill within hours.

RELATED: Killer meningococcal claims Warwick teen

Recommendations such as better compliance with tools designed to more effectively recognise and treat meningococcal were implemented as a result of an inquest into the death of Warwick teen Jasmyn Carter in 2014.

Without ever being seriously ill before, Mr Galloway said without the concern of his girlfriend, Katie Johnson, and the attention of hospital staff, the outcome could have been far worse.

"I was only feeling sick a bit the night before and that day," he said.

"I wanted to stay home but Katie wanted to go (to hospital), which was the right thing to do.

"It just felt like normal flu-like symptoms but with pretty bad body soreness and joint pain, and as soon as the rash came through we raced up there.

"Dr (James) Ware treated me at the start and the staff did everything the way they should have.

"They treated it as a worst-case scenario so I was covered even though it took a little while to get the blood tests back."

RELATED: Meningococcal tragedy shocks football mates

Miss Johnson said she was glad Mr Galloway was on the mend and not expected to have any lasting damage.

"Dylan's not the sort of person to complain - he wanted to go (to hospital) himself and leave me at home," she said.

"Dr Ware was absolutely fantastic and acted quickly, and even in a couple of hours it could have been a very different outcome.

"The support (of our family and friends) has been absolutely overwhelmingly kind the last few days and we wouldn't have got through it as strong without them."

Topics:  meningococcal, warwick



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