Singer Jay Aston broke down in tears as she shared how her daughter Josie has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
The 60-year-old, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with pop group Bucks Fizz, told ITV’s Loose Women how her 18-year-old began showing what she says were flu-like symptoms and was later put into an induced coma.
She said Josie is awake now and still in hospital but they hope she can return home soon.
Aston said: “What Josie wants is for people to take notice of what happened to her. She was in the best of health, the healthiest I’ve ever seen.
“She was like a fitness kick and just looking radiant and then literally overnight, well we almost lost her.”
Aston, who has appeared on The Fizz, a spin-off of the original group, with Mike Nolan and Cheryl Baker, said Josie called her and asked her to come home and said she wasn’t feeling well.
“I came back and she had been lying in the sun. So I thought maybe she had a little bit of heat stroke, so she went into bed with me and she just didn’t seem well,” she recalled.
Josie had a high fever that kept rising and Aston says she also has “sore throat, joint pains, I thought she might have the flu”.
“A few days ago she said her joints hurt, but she just grew back. So I say, ‘Oh, it’s growing pains’. But no, it wasn’t.”
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As her symptoms worsened and after a call to 111, an ambulance was called, but Aston said it never arrived, and hours later, around “three in the morning, she said, ‘Mom, I’m not right. I’m really not right’.”
“Luckily she stayed in my bed so I could keep an eye on her. If she had gone to her own bed. I don’t think I would have a daughter.”
“I turned on all the lights and said, ‘Let’s have a look at you.’
“Because, bizarrely, my husband (Dave Colquhoun) had meningitis 19 years ago and she was my silver lining to almost losing my husband.
“So I kind of knew what to look for — (a) rash on her arms and it was like four little brown spots. That’s when I knew what it was…I knew it was meningitis because it was very similar to what my husband had.”
She was driving Josie to the hospital, where she was admitted, and “within 20 minutes she was seeing a doctor and she was on an IV and they were treating her for bacterial meningitis,” she said, adding, “Within an hour she was covered.” Rash, literally everywhere”.
A day and a half later, Josie’s organs were failing, Aston recalled, explaining: “They had already given us 50/50 and said we had to put her in a coma.
“She was in a coma for five days, but the anesthesia didn’t come off for three days and she just wouldn’t come back.
“She said to me, ‘Mom, I’ll be up for Mother’s Day,’ because she knew it meant a lot to me. And she didn’t wake up on Mother’s Day, she woke up two days later…”.
She hopes Josie will come home in a few days and says her “kidneys have been failing for a few weeks but they are starting to work”.
According to the Daily Mirror, Josie has been transferred to King’s College Hospital to be treated by their specialist kidney unit.
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes known as the meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord and is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
Viral meningitis is the least serious but most common type of disease and usually gets better on its own, while bacterial meningitis is rarer and requires urgent medical attention.
According to the NHS website, symptoms of meningitis can develop suddenly, including a high temperature, nausea, headache and a rash that won’t fade “when a glass is rolled over it”, but a rash doesn’t always have to develop, they say.
Symptoms can also include a stiff neck, an aversion to bright light, drowsiness or unresponsiveness and seizures (seizures), according to the NHS.
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