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Man Writes Off Flu-Like Symptoms - Soon Finds Himself In A Near-Death Experience

When Kevin Mannion, a resident of Newton Le-Willows, Merseyside, began to develop a sore throat, he thought he was coming down with the flu. Despite worsening conditions, Mr. Mannion refused to seek medical attention and even his fiancé, 30-year-old Tanya Jackson, thought the illness was just a case of “man flu.”

But when Mr. Mannion began to suffer from uncontrollable shivers, cold sweats and terrifying hallucinations, Ms. Jackson started to worry about her fiancé, urging him to visit a doctor. Unfortunately, the 33-year-old cinema attendant remained adamant that there was nothing to worry about, telling his partner that it was just a bad cold.

However, six days after her partner complained about the sore throat, Ms. Jackson woke up to Mr. Mannion shivering in pain. In an interview with ‘The Sun’, Ms. Jackson described how her husband-to-be was covered in blisters and puss, saying: "My heart broke at the sight of him. He looked horrific, he was trembling violently and blistered beyond recognition. I thought he was going to die."

When the pair’s children, 6-year-old Aaron and 3-year-old Eva, saw their father’s condition, they immediately started to cry. It was at this moment that Mr. Mannion decided to seek medical attention. Describing the impact of Aaron and Eva’s reaction on her partner, Ms. Jackson told ‘The Sun’: "They absolutely dote on Kev, he’s their hero and to see him in such a state must have been so traumatic."

Doctors were stunned when Mr. Mannion staggered into an appointment and began to list his symptoms. As the doctors began to ask questions, Ms. Jackson began to really fear for her fiancé’s life, saying, "There was no way he could look so poorly and have a minor illness. I thought he was going to die, and the thought of our beautiful children growing up without their daddy killed me."

After assessing the sickly patient, doctors feared that Ms. Mannion was suffering from sepsis and immediately rushed him to Warrington Hospital, Cheshire, with Ms. Jackson recalling: "I had to fight back tears as Kev confessed he was scared in the ambulance. I had to hide my fear and stay strong for him. When we arrived at hospital, Kev had a dangerously high temperature. He was whisked away for tests and I wondered if I’d ever see him again."

After several days of medical assessment and testing, Mr. Mannion was finally diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare and deadly skin disorder that affects the body’s skin and mucous membranes. It remains unclear what caused Mr. Mannion’s condition. Some of the most common causes of Stevens-Johnson syndrome are immune reactions to medication or infections.

After the diagnosis, doctors were able to stabilize Mr. Mannion’s condition, assuring Ms. Jackson that “with rest, mild antibiotics and antiseptic cream, Kev would make a full recovery.” At his worst, this is how Ms. Jackson described her fiancé’s symptoms: "His lips began to blacken before the skin within and around his mouth blistered, then flaked off. And his mouth was so swollen shut with abscesses, he needed a machine to help him breathe.”

Luckily, Mr. Mannion’s condition quickly improved and he was able to return home to his children. Ms. Jackson hopes that “by sharing his story, it will raise awareness of this potentially deadly condition.”

Source: Daily Mail, The Sun
Photo: Cavendish Press

Shortly after, Mannion was bleeding from the mouth and eyes.

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