LUCKY tot Lily Green's life was saved from killer brain bug meningitis by her quick-thinking doctor.
The seriously ill two-year-old, of Arncliffe Drive, Ferrybridge, was rushed to hospital after Dr Patrick Wynn, of the village's Beauforth House Surgery, spotted her deadly symptoms.
Relieved mum Nicola Green, 34, said: "Dr Wynn's quick action saved Lily's life and I can't thank him enough."
Nicola took Lily to the surgery after she noticed the youngster was very lethargic and started screaming whenever she moved her head.
Nicola said: "After a quick examination Dr Wynn said he thought it could be meningitis.He gave her an antibiotic injection and called for an ambulance.
"The paramedics arrived straight away. They told me not to panic and that we would be going straight to the resuscitation room when we got to the hospital. When we got there the room was full of doctors and nurses waiting for us. It was terrifying."
The plucky youngster was treated at Pontefract General Infirmary for four days and will now have eye and hearing tests to make sure the deadly illness has not caused any long term-damage.
Nicola added: "You hear negative stories about doctors missing the signs of meningitis, but Dr Wynn was fantastic. He spotted it straight away and did everything he could for us. I am so thankful to him and everyone at the hospital."
Dr Wynn, who has worked at the surgery for seven years, said: "When I saw Lily it was clear that she was a very poorly little girl in the early stages of meningitis and I was extremely concerned.
"A lot of the symptoms of meningitis are very vague and it is easy to mistake them for a cold or tummy bug. Lily had a rash that didn't blanch, which is a sign that it could be meningitis and very serious.
"You can check this by doing the glass test, where you roll a glass over the rash. If this doesn't make the rash go away, it could be a sign of meningitis and you should dial 999 immediately.
"It was a pleasure to make such a difference and I was very relieved to hear that Lily was okay."
Pontefract & Castleford Express - 7 June 2007
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