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A girl whose meningitis was misdiagnosed as swine flu has told Sky News how she had to pretend she had taken an overdose so paramedics would take her to hospital.
Gemma's condition is now said to be stable
Even then, 17-year-old Gemma Drury, from Brimington, Chesterfield, was discharged from hospital after another misdiagnosis and told to go home to bed.
After her illness worsened she was rushed back to hospital where the life-threatening meningitis was finally discovered.
Mr Drury added: "It was a paramedic who first said it wasn't swine flu. No one at the hospital apologised for their mistake.
"A doctor called us into a room and said it was meningitis and Gemma had a 50/50 chance - we were devastated."
Gemma's condition is now said to be stable.
A spokesperson for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Trust said: "At her initial visit to our emergency department, Gemma reported flu-like symptoms and had been taking antivirals prescribed for suspected swine flu