A MUM left devastated after her daughter was diagnosed with meningitis is today urging others to become lifesavers.
Dorothy McKay’s daughter Kate contracted the illness when she was just 11.
Dorothy, 50, from Whitburn, puts her daughter’s survival down to the information booklets she had read from the Meningitis Trust.
Dorothy said: “Kate was sent home from school ill, but I knew something was wrong. We were told it was just a sickness virus.
“When she went into a coma she was rushed to hospital and I always had in the back of my mind that it could be meningitis.
“I had read leaflets about it in the Children’s Centre where I worked and I just had this feeling that was it and I told the doctors.”
Kate, who is now 25, was diagnosed with the condition and left in a coma for a week.
Dorothy said: “If it hadn’t been for The Meningitis Trust I don’t think she would be here today. Because I’d read their literature before it had happened, they had made us aware.
“The Meningitis Trust is part of our lives now. It’s more than a charity, it’s a little family and it is so important to support them and raise awareness.”
The Meningitis Trust needs to raise £8,000 a day to continue providing its support. With more than 500,000 people affected by meningitis in the UK, the Trust will see thousands of cases of the disease this winter.
Kate now works as a Zumba teacher and, along with her mum, she regularly take part in charity events to raise money for the Trust.