Krystal alert and feeling ?a lot better

By EMMA CORNFORD

KRYSTAL Whitton, the woman flown to Lismore Hospital on Thursday with meningococcal-meningitis disease, said yesterday that she felt 'a lot better'.

The 18-year-old spoke to The Daily Examiner from her hospital bed in Lismore, a day after finding out she had been in a coma for two days and had contracted the potentially lethal meningococcal disease.

Although the disease is treatable with antibiotics, it is the speed with which the bacterial infection takes over the body which causes the most problems.

"I'm probably coming down to Grafton (today) and they think I'll have to be in hospital for the next 10 days," she said.

"They're just pumping stuff into me.

"I hurt a little bit but not much at the moment."

Krystal said her friends in Grafton and her boyfriend, who had a 'couple of marks' similar to those she had when she was diagnosed with the disease, had been given tablets to combat the infection.

She said she did not remember anything between going to the doctor on Thursday and waking up in Lismore on Saturday.

There are only a handful of meningococcal cases reported in the Northern Riv- ers each year.



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