I know it is late, but I wanted to express my condolences and share my experiences.
In March 1979, at 6 months of age, I nearly succumbed to an infection caused by Neisseria Meningiditis. Instead of going into my meningeal layers and causing meningitis, it caused an infection in my blood stream. I had meningococcal septicemia. None of the Dr.'s could quite figure out what was wrong with me. Some thought it was viral encephalitis; others thought it was the pathogen that caused crib death (unknown at that time). When I was life flighted to Herman Memorial, the docs there told my parents I had hours to live. But Dr. Wimberly, who was my pediatrician, acted on a hunch and flooded my body with Penicillin G. And because of her, my mom who never gave up, and God, I am here today.
The interpretations of the neurological scans suggested I suffered profound brain damage. However, my mother and my pediatrician refused to give up on me.
Now, I have not one but two college degrees; one of them in the medical field because I want to pay forward what was done for me.
Thank you Dr. Wimberly! The world lost one of it's best medical pioneers, but the children and humanity in general gained a wonderful guardian angel!!! Love you and Rest in Peace!
R'andrea D. Mager