16 year old Elvis was brought to the hospital 2 weeks ago by his family critically ill. He developed high fever 3 days earlier and he rapidly deteriorated. He was taken to a local health clinic when he became disoriented and agitated. He was treated for Malaria but showed no improvement overnight so his family transferred him to us. Elvis arrived in an agitated state, crying, grasping his head and writhing in pain with a stiff neck. A spinal tap confirmed that he had bacterial meningitis. Antibiotics were started and he required a good deal of medication to keep him sedated.
Each morning Elvis’ mother was at his bedside stating that he was
better. Indeed Elvis showed slow but steady improvement. He became
less restless, then began to talk and finally walk. After finishing 10
days of IV antibiotics we observed him another 2 days before discharging
home to his mother’s care. The entire medical staff shared in the joy
of watching his good recovery and his discharge home.