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British Woman Fighting For Her Life After Coming In Contact With Stray Cat

British woman Scarlet Goodrich, 22, was working on a fruit farm in Australia when she came in contact with a stray cat. She’s now in a Melbourne hospital clinging to life in critical condition. As the New York Post shares, doctors believe her mysterious symptoms are the direct result of her brief interactions with the feral kitten.

Goodrich has contracted meningitis, is suffering from blood poisoning, and has experienced swelling of the brain. It looks like a really good chance that she’ll be spending the holidays in the hospital, and her distraught family is frantically attempting to raise money to help with the exorbitant bills via a JustGiving page. This is a pretty tough one to allow to sink in. A woman that was merely doing her job comes in contact with a cute kitten, and she’s on death’s door before she knows what hit her.

Her uncle, Christian Goodrich, offered up some more details on this incredibly bizarre case.

”The doctors think she might have picked up this very rare and unusual toxin from a stray kitten she came into contact with while fruit picking on a farm. This has come as such a shock to the family. It’s a very rare and unusual scenario which has baffled the doctors and specialists,” he said. “She had contracted pneumococcal meningitis as well as mutated strain of toxin plasma. She’s also got acute ADEM which is a swelling of the brain, and last week had to have an emergency operation. She has battled through the meningitis and the toxin, so it is mainly the ADEM which doctors are trying to address.”

Goodrich came down with some rather crippling back pain, and she has had to undergo an excruciating lumbar puncture to get to the bottom of things. Her life has been completely flipped upside down, as she’s far too young to be dealing with such a dramatic turn of events on the health front. While it sounds like doctors have made some progress, it sounds like she has an incredibly long road to recovery ahead. A recent update on the family’s fundraising page notes that there are some glimmers of hope as she’s showing signs of progress.

“All things considered, Scarlet has been doing well the past 24 hours. Her nurse is pleased by how responsive she is following the operation. She’s acknowledging she’s in hospital, nodding, squeezing with her hand and opening her eyes. Scarlet in herself seems a lot more calm,” the page notes. “Full results of the biopsy are still inconclusive and the bone marrow test has been put back so that doctors can prioritize keeping the swelling on the brain at bay (which is now being constantly monitored).”

It sounds like Goodrich is in the best hands possible. She’s incredibly fortunate that she was able to get medical attention so quickly after her health bizarrely went south, as every minute is crucial when we’re talking about such a dramatic set of symptoms. Her mother and aunt have flown in to be by her side, so it also sounds like she has a fantastic support system to help her pull through. In a perfect world, Goodrich and her family will get the gift of a clean bill of health in the nick of time for Christmas.

Source: New York Post
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