E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

New Director for HUSH

11th May 2010

HUSH was delighted to appoint Marilyn Chapman from Poulton-le-Fylde as a director of the charity at the recent AGM.

Marilyn made contact with HUSH in 2002 when her daughter, Amy (then 27 years of age), was fighting for her life in the Royal Preston Hospital.  As a result of E.coli O157 Amy had developed HUS (Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome) and was experiencing acute kidney failure, lung deterioration, fluid around her heart and, most frightening of all for her family, the toxins had reached her brain causing her to have epileptic fits.

Doctors gave Amy a one in four chance of survival and the family were told that should she beat the odds and pull through, her kidneys were unlikely to work again and there was every chance she would be brain damaged.

We're delighted that Amy not only pulled through, but has made a miraculous recovery and is back working with young children - a job she loves - and is making up for lost time by jetting off every time school holidays permit.

Since Amy's recovery, the whole family have been active in the work of HUSH, with Marilyn designing and promoting the safe BBQ posters now distributed by the charity. 

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