Her last hours: the suffering of the mother after her daughter dies of meningococci
- A Darwin woman died after a contracting meningococcal disease
- Mary-Ellen Hurley was taken to Palmerston Hospital, but died only 3 hours later
- The mother of Mrs. Hurley, Mrs. Hurley, said that her daughter & # 39; universally adored & # 39; used to be
- Since her death, loved ones have paid tribute to Mrs Hurley on social media
- The bacterial infection can cause death within a few hours if it is not recognized
Laura Withers for Daily Mail Australia
A mother remained deeply grieved after her daughter tragically died of a fatal illness, only 24 hours after her symptoms began to show.
Mary-Ellen Hurley was admitted to the Palmerston hospital in Palmerston near Darwin Harbor on New Year's Eve after she contracted a meningococcal disease, but unfortunately she died barely three hours later.
Mrs. Hurley, whose mother said & # 39; universally worshiped & # 39; to have had stomach cramps and vomiting early on Sunday morning, but needed medical attention on Monday night.
Mary-Ellen Hurley (pictured) unfortunately died after a contracting meningococcal disease
The type of meningococcal contracted by the 34-year-old has been identified as the W-strain, according to reports.
Ms. Hurley's mother, Jocelyn Hurley, has since described how the health of her daughter deteriorated rapidly.
"It was very fast and the most horrible, shocking thing", she told The Northern Territory News.
Mrs. Hurley was anesthetized and intubated and, despite the best efforts of hospital staff, she unfortunately died.
About the time Mrs Hurley spoke, she added: "All employees were also in tears, it was heartbreaking.
Mrs. Hurley (photo, right) was described as & # 39; one in a million & # 39; and & # 39; universally adored & # 39; by her friends and family
What is meningococcal?
Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that can cause death within a few hours if it is not recognized or treated
In Australia there are five main strains of the disease, all of which now have vaccinations
The most common strains are meningococcal disease B and W
About one in ten people carry meningococcal bacteria in their noses or throats
Although the majority of the victims will fully recover, 10 percent of the infected will die and about 20 percent will have permanent limitations
Symptoms include high fever, vomiting, bright light, sleepiness and a persistent headache
Source: meningococcal Australia
Mary-Ellen was universally worshiped. Anyone who met Mary-Ellen would never forget her because she was pretty loud and very lively and funny, "Mrs Hurley said.
Since the sudden and tragic death of Mrs. Hurley, many friends and family have come to social media to pay tribute to her.
Her sister Tess wrote that Mrs Hurley, known as Em to her loved ones, had no pain & # 39; at the time of her death.
& # 39; It is important to know that Em was numb at the time of her death and had no pain.
"Mother, Jo, her partner Justin and I were all at her side at the time of her death," she wrote.
We understand that you all have so many unanswered questions about what happened to Em (like us), but we ask that our family have time to process our loss and sorrow in this incredibly sad time, & # 39; Tess added.
Because Mrs. Hurley died on New Year's Eve, many of her loved ones have paid tribute to her on social media (photo & # 39; s)
(Image of file) Symptoms of meningococcal diseases include high fever, vomiting, bright light, drowsiness and a persistent headache
A friend described Mrs. Hurley as "one in a million."
She wrote: & # 39; Completely broken by this news. So sorry for the loss of the world & # 39 ;.
Another friend paid her condolences and wrote: & # 39; I'm sorry for your loss, Tess. Love and thoughts are with you and your family. & # 39;
Mrs. Hurley is one of the two women in Australia who died of the disease this year.
(Image of file) A person with meningococcal disease can die within a few hours if he is not treated