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Man Dismisses Sore Throat - Soon, He's Bleeding From The Eyes And Mouth

Days after dismissing his sore throat as a bout of ‘man flu’, Mr. Kevin Mannion, 33, was rushed to hospital, suffering from a rare medical condition that left his body covered in weeping sores and glued his eyes and mouth shut. Mr. Mannion, whose shivering body was discovered by his 33-year-old fiancé, was in dire need of medical attention. Doctors at the local hospital would later diagnose him with Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Hailing from Newton Le-Willows in Merseyside, Mr. Mannion brushed off his fiancé’s concern after coming down with what he thought was a ‘man flu’. However, after developing “reptilian” scales and a rash that covered his entire body, Mr. Mannion was taken to hospital in an ambulance. Initially believing that Mr. Mannion had sepsis, doctors were unable to diagnose Mr. Mannion’s condition until a skin specialist arrived at the hospital. Stevens-Johnson syndrome, secondary to atypical pneumonia, is a rare and very life-threatening skin condition that sees skin and mucous membranes severely react to a medication or infection.

“My heart broke at the sight of him,” Ms. Tanya Jackson, Mr. Mannion’s fiancé, stated. “He looked horrific, he was trembling violently and blistered beyond recognition.” Mr. Mannion’s symptoms were extensive, including cold sweats, uncontrollable shivers and hallucinations. When the couple’s children Aaron, 6, and Eva, 3, began to cry at the site of their dad, that’s when Ms. Jackson knew that her fiancée needed serious help.

Ms. Jackson admitted that she “had to fight back tears as [Mr. Mannion] confessed he was scared in the ambulance,” and wondered “if [she’d] ever see him again,” as he was whisked away to the hospital for testing. Mr. Mannion was placed in isolation until doctors determined what was causing the horrific symptoms. “He could barely speak and was drifting in and out of consciousness. He turned to me and whispered that he could hear a choir, which was terrifying,” Ms. Jackson stated as she recalled the countless testing and scans Mr. Mannion underwent without success.

Finally, a skin specialist was able to diagnose Mr. Mannion’s condition; however, they were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of Mr. Mannion’s reaction. While Ms. Jackson prepared herself for the worst, the skin specialist assured her that “with rest, mild antibiotics and antiseptic cream, [Mr. Mannion] would make a full recovery.” Unfortunately for Mr. Mannion, his conditions got worse before they got better. Soon after his diagnosis, Mr. Mannion's “blisters began to bubble and he developed reptile-like scales on his back. His eyelids became so swollen and puffy [that] they looked like lips,” Ms. Jackson revealed. “His lips began to blacken before the skin within and around his mouth blistered and flaked off.”

Mr. Mannion remained in hospital care for a month before being back home to his fiancé and children. Mr. Mannion required an additional 4 weeks of recovery at home before he was able to return to work and while he is mostly recovered, Mr. Mannion still suffers from a cough, scarring and a crackle in his lung.

Source: Daily Mail, The Sun
Photo: Cavendish Press

What a doctor thought was sepsis turned out to be Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

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