Jay Aston has described how his daughter’s kidneys are working at only 12% after becoming seriously ill with bacterial meningitis.
The 61-year-old, who won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with pop group Bucks Fizz, said he was hoping to survive dialysis or a kidney transplant.
She appeared on ITV’s Lorraine with Josie, who was 18, on Thursday when she was hospitalized.
In April, she revealed that the teenager had started showing flu-like symptoms and was later put into an induced coma.
Offering an update, she said: “Her kidney is not doing well yet.
“They’re only working… the last blood test was 12%.
“We are hoping that we can avoid dialysis or transplant afterward.
“They’ve started moving.
“It was stuck at seven and they have started (getting better).
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“Now at the end of the month he is getting tested and we are just praying that we will get him around 20% more out of the red zone.”
Lorraine Kelly interjects: “You’re young and you’re strong.”
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes, known as the meninges, that surround the brain and spinal cord, and is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
Aston said they arrived at the hospital at 3.30 a.m. and that by 10 a.m. doctors had told them that Josie had a “50/50” chance of survival.
She said: “They made me sit in this room and said, ‘She might die’ and your ears were closed.
“I was like, ‘I beg your pardon? What did you say?’
“I just couldn’t hear it.”
Josie said her symptoms had come on “so quickly.”
She continued: “Even before that, I had things that happened but I was very unwell.
“I was still joking with the nurses but I didn’t know how sick I was.
“And then he induced a coma for three days and then he stopped inducing it and I was in a coma for two more days.”
Viral meningitis is the least serious, but most common, type of illness and will usually get better on its own, whereas bacterial meningitis is more rare and requires immediate medical treatment.
According to the NHS website, symptoms of meningitis can develop suddenly, including a high temperature, being sick, headache, and a rash that does not fade when “a glass is rolled over it”, but a rash may not always develop, they say.
The NHS says symptoms can include a stiff neck, bright lights, drowsiness or unresponsiveness and seizures (fits).