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NUH News Summer edition

NUH News Summer

Page / 6 + 7 Long Service Awards Page / 10 Long TramService awards anniversary 2016 Page / 14 + 15 Chief Nurse Fellows Page // 13 Running with cancer SUMMER 2016 A helping hand for Charlotte When Charlotte Hannibal visited her local walk-in centre she thought her sore throat and flu-like symptoms were freshers' flu. Two months later the 19-year-old student from Selston was undergoing an operation to amputate both legs below the knee, as well as the fingers on her left hand, in a bid to save her life. Doctors at NUH diagnosed Charlotte with septicaemia and meningitis – meningococcal group W – a strain of meningitis which usually targets young adults. Over the next two months Charlotte’s body tried to fight off the blood poisoning, but sadly doctors made the tough decision to amputate after the virus kept returning. She spent 27 days in intensive care, before being moved to a burns and plastic ward where she spent a further 12 weeks as her scarring was similar to a burns victim. In total Charlotte spent over three months in our hospitals. Over a year since being diagnosed, despite her life changing dramatically, Charlotte is optimistic about the future. She said: “I feel incredibly lucky. I'm still alive, and although I've lost both my lower legs and fingers, some people have lost a lot more.” Continued on page 4 @nottmhospitals facebook.com/nottinghamhospitals

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