A three year old girl has survived deadly meningitis thanks to an iPhone app that her mum used to check her symptoms.
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Little Hollie Weeks from Bristol was suffering from headaches, vomiting and a sore neck but didn’t have a rash or a high temperature - the classic meningitis symptoms parents are usually so vigilant for.
The brave tot fell ill just after returning from a family holiday. As a result of the illness she suffered a stroke on her right side that left her unable to speak, with mobility and coordination problems.
Hollie’s mum Claire said: “Hollie was fine on holiday but then she woke up with heavy, horrendous vomiting. She had a really bad headache but no rash and no temperature.
"I went on my iPhone symptom checker from Meningitis Trust because something just didn't sit right. I had a feeling in my gut.
"I went through her symptoms — headache, vomiting and stiff neck — and they were on the app checklist so I decided I wouldn't take a chance and called an ambulance.”
Doctors said Hollie was an hour from death when she was brought in and that her recovery was ‘remarkable’. She spent weeks in hospital after being diagnosed but is now undergoing physiotherapy to help regain her speech and movement.
The app Claire used is available free from the Meningitis Trust (for both iPhone and Android operating systems). She downloaded it after a campaign was launched by local parents Hannah and James Smart, who lost their daughter Kelsey to meningitis and septicaemia in February this year.