Sports lover, 24, reveals horror of having both his arms and both legs amputated after contracting meningitis that bungling doctors mistook for the FLU


A YOUNG sports lover who tragically lost his arms and legs after suffering from meningitis had been sent home because medics thought he had flu. 

The Davide Morana, 24,  has been left confined to a bed unable to do anything for himself after surgeons were forced to amputate in January to save his life.

 David Morana loved working out and playing sportsCentral European News David Morana loved working out and playing sports

Davide has now set up a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of £87,720  to get the new limbs that would enable him to regain his independence.

The Italian man was living in the city of Murcia, in south east Spain when he started feeling unwell in January with a fever and sore jaw.

As he began to feel worse he went to a hospital accident and emergency unit where nurses took blood and urine samples.

But nothing was picked up on the tests and he was sent home diagnosed with flu.

 Davide Morana at the hospital after the amputationCentral European News Davide Morana at the hospital after the amputation

Davide then felt worse than ever with a fever of more than 39C and began vomiting.

A day later he woke up to find brown marks covering his face.

He said: "I was feeling very weak. I felt pain in my feet, they felt as if they were frozen, and when I took off my socks I saw how my feet were covered with brown marks like the ones on my face, but a bit bigger."

Davide went back to the hospital and this time he was diagnosed with meningitis.

 The young Italian was always active and loved beach lifeCentral European News The young Italian was always active and loved beach life

Because of the infection, in less than two days the stains turned violet and spread over most of his body.

He was diagnosed with multiple organ failure and had to fight for his life.

A statement on his crowdfunding campaign said: "After a week in induced coma, he started to wake up.

“He remembered everything, he moved and tried to speak."

But he had kidney failure and the violet marks had turned into blisters while other marks had turned black.

What are the key symptoms?

The symptoms of meningitis can develop very quickly, and include:

  • a high fever – over 37.5 degrees (the average temperature)
  • being sick
  • a headache
  • a blotchy rash that won’t fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • stiffness, especially in the neck
  • drowsiness, irritability or a lack of energy
  • cold hands and feet
  • seizures

In babies the symptoms can be slightly different, they may:

  • refuse to eat
  • be agitated and not want to be picked up
  • having a bulging soft spot on their head
  • be floppy and inresponsive
  • have an unusual, high-pitched cry
  • have a stiff body

Source: Meningitis Research Foundation

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