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Student battles 'against the odds' to overcome double illness
An Enfield man who defied the odds and twice overcame a serious illness is warning others about his experience.
When David Coppin, 23, of Lyndhurst Road, Edmonton, contracted meningitis in October 2009 he collapsed following a bout of vomiting and spent a week in a coma, losing half a stone in weight.
His mother, Lorraine Coppin, placed him "in God's hands" and fortunately the Enfield man made a quick recovery and was able to continue studying sports management at Coventry University.
However, five months later, Mr Coppin contracted the illness again. This time his friends spotted the symptoms and insisted he went straight to hospital.
Treated promptly, he was soon on the mend, and after graduating in November last year, the 23-year-old is launching a national awareness campaign for Meningitis Trust, which aims to highlight that young people are susceptible to the disease.
Mr Coppin said: “I felt very vulnerable – the ordeal has taught me to appreciate life. With meningitis, you don’t have full control of your limbs and everything becomes such a struggle – I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.
“My mum was also affected emotionally and mentally – it had a big impact on us. When I first developed symptoms, I thought I just had a bug. I am extremely lucky to recover from the disease twice – it was against all odds and I’m grateful to everyone who helped me get well.
“It’s a hard disease to diagnose – so I want everyone across the country to learn the symptoms and keep an eye on each other.”
The campaign suggests that students are particularly prone to meningitis, which can kill in hours, with carriage rates peaking at the age of 19.
For more information, go to www.meningitisUK.org
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