A GRANDMOTHER who was in a coma for ten days after being struck down by Legionnaires’ disease at the factory where she worked has told of her months of hell.
The woman, from Hebburn, contracted the potentially fatal disease while working at Faltec Europe Limited, in Boldon, last October and says she wouldn’t wish the lung disease “on her worst enemy”.
You just don’t expect to go into work one day and end up on death’s door.Legionnaire’s Disease victim
Public Health England has confirmed two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease - which can be contracted from water in heating and air conditioning systems, at the factory in October of last year. There was another case in April.
A third worker is currently in South Tyneside Hospital, suspected of contracting the illness and tests are being carried oput at the car parts manufacturer which employs over 540 people.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, said: “After I phoned in sick, I was gasping for breath and my daughter phoned for an ambulance.
“I was taken to South Tyneside Hospital and then put in an induced coma for ten days. I was taken into hospital on October 25 and wasn’t released until November 11.
“I missed two of my daughters’ birthdays and the birth of my granddaughter.”
She added: “You just don’t expect to go into work one day and end up on death’s door.”
The woman is still recovering at home and hopes to make a return to work soon - though she says she “wouldn’t step foot” back at Faltec, where she was employed as an agency worker for over four years.
She added: “I am still anxious and can’t sleep in my own bed, as I was worried for months that the disease had come from the loft, where I had a couple of tanks stored.
“It has been so scary, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, what I have been through.”
She added: “At first it could have come from the house as well and I had checks done at the home too.
“I was even frightened to walk past a water fountain.
“I want to get back to work soon but wouldn’t step foot in that factory again.”