When 3 year-old Hollie Weeks complained of headaches and a stiff neck and begin having severe vomiting, her mother became worried and looked the symptoms up on a newly download iPhone application.
Hollie's mother, Claire, had downloaded the Meningitis Trust app for the iPhone after one of Hollie's classmates died of meningitis. The app is a mini version of the Meningitis Trust website, listing the signs and symptoms of meningitis. When she saw Hollie's symptoms were the same as those listed on the app, she immediately called an ambulance. The responding medics said Claire's quick action saved the girl’s life.
Clair told The Sun: “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."
Although Hollie received treatment within 20 minutes for what was diagnosed as viral meningitis, Hollie still suffered a stroke on her right side and lost her ability to speak. She spent two days in the Barnstaple hospital, 12 days at Bristol Children’s Hospital, and 11 days at Frenchay Hospital according to a Daily Mail report.
Hollie has since regained most of her mobility, but still has co-ordination problems in her right hand. She also has difficulty concentrating for long periods and is currently having to take steroids. The team at Frenchay’s Barbara Russell Unit call Hollie a ‘little miracle’ for how fast she is recovering.