British backpacker fights for her life in the hospital in Vietnam after her sore throat has developed into pneumonia
- Mekala Osborne, 22, was transferred to the Pacific Hospital in Hoi An four days ago
- She developed minor symptoms of colds that subsequently developed into pneumonia
- Prestonpans personal trainer, East Lothian, is currently fighting for life in the ICU
A British tourist fights for her life after a sore throat has developed into pneumonia during a backpack trip in Vietnam.
Mekala Osborne, 22, was transferred to the Pacific Hospital in Hoi An four days ago after developing the minor symptoms of a cold.
The personal trainer from Prestonpans, East Lothian, initially treated the pain with lozenges, but visited a doctor when she got a fever.
The doctor diagnosed bronchitis, an infection of the major airways of the lungs, but by Tuesday she had difficulty breathing and was admitted to the hospital.
Mekala Osborne, 22, was transferred to the Pacific Hospital in Hoi An, Vietnam four days ago after developing the minor symptoms of a cold
The doctor diagnosed bronchitis, an infection of the major airways of the lungs, but by Tuesday she had difficulty breathing and was admitted to the hospital
A day later she was transferred to an intensive care unit (IC), where friends said her condition was critical. Here she is pictured enjoying her backpacking trip before she fell ill
A day later she was transferred to an intensive care unit (IC), where friends said her condition was critical.
According to a friend in the family house, Mrs. Osonne's mother Yvonne McAulay flew to her daughter's bed.
She broke the news on Facebook earlier this week and said: "Mekala has been transferred to an IC in Danang.
She is currently stunned to have her body repaired. She has confirmed pneumonia. "
Miss Osborne, who lives with her mother, her stepfather James, and 16-year-old brother Danny, were traveling in Southeast Asia with a friend when she fell ill in a hostel.
WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?
Pneumonia is a type of breast infection that affects the small air pockets in the lungs.
The condition causes these bags to become inflamed and filled with fluid, making it harder to breathe.
Pneumonia is caused by bacteria or viruses, with Streptococcus pneumoniae being the most common.
It affects between five and 11 out of every 1,000 adults a year in the UK.
Everyone can suffer from pneumonia, but risk groups include:
- Babies & young children
- People older than 65
- People with long-term heart, lung or kidney disease
- People with cancer, especially people who have chemotherapy
- Those who use drugs that suppress their immune system
Antibiotics or mechanical ventilation in hospitals also increase the risk.
- Coughing up mucus
- Loss of appetite
In severe cases, patients may cough up blood, vomit or have a fast heartbeat.
Treatment usually consists of antibiotics, which may require intravenous administration in severe cases.
Source: British Lung Foundation
Social media reports show that the couple had visited the religious monument of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, had made a boat trip on the Mekong River, which runs the length of Vietnam, and explored the Cu Chi tunnels, a network that during the Vietnam war was dug.
However, her health declined over the weekend.
In an online post that was shared by Mrs. Osborne's mother, she wrote: "Four days ago I got a sore throat, the day after I had a fever and my throat was in pain.
"Went to a pharmacy and they said they were just symptoms after an infection, so just gave me painkillers and said it would decrease.
& # 39; Yesterday morning when I arrived in Hoi An, I could not talk, breathe or swallow. Went to a doctor who said I had bronchitis and gave me many tablets.
"Last night I couldn't breathe anymore and I had to cough up a lot of blood. I ended up in the hospital and was kept overnight while they were testing. & # 39;
Miss Osborne added: “I just went for an X-ray this morning and the bronchitis spread in my right lung and caused pneumonia.
"I can't believe this started as a sore throat for which I used Strepsils. I'm not sure how long I'll be waiting, but now I just want to go home and be in the arms of my mother and Jimmy. & # 39;
A crowdfunding campaign set up by friend David Martin had raised £ 4,500 for her family to fly to her bed last night.
Martin wrote on the web page and said: "Mekala is in critical condition in Vietnam. For those who know the family, this is a very serious blow because they also have a young son to care for at home.
"So as friends we should help them not to worry about how they can make sure the family is with Mekala. Thank you for your help. & # 39;
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