Bay academy looking forward to welcoming back meningitis victim
A TORQUAY sixth form student is expected to be back home within days after making an amazing recovery from meningitis.
The 16-year-old Westlands pupil fell ill with the potentially fatal illness last month and had to be taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary where she remained in intensive care for 10 days.
Teachers at the Plainmoor academy welcomed the latest news.
Jacqueline Vaughan, head of the sixth form centre, said: "The student is out of intensive care and is responding well to treatment.
"She is expected to come home in the next week or so.
"We are thrilled with this news. She is making a fantastic recovery and we look forward to welcoming her back at the school."
All students were told of the case and classmates who may have been in close contact were offered antibiotics as a precaution.
Earlier this month, headteacher Dr Colin Kirkman wrote to parents confirming that the sixth former had bacterial meningitis and was ill in hospital.
The school has one of the biggest sixth forms locally, with 300 pupils.
Meningitis is a notifiable disease and the Health Protection Agency was involved.
The school informed all 1,400 pupils and made them and their parents aware the symptoms.
Mrs Vaughan said the student will have some work to catch up.
But she said :"Her friends have been keeping stuff for her. She is a model pupil and the work she will have to catch up on in the summer she will do very easily. She is a very bright student."