Delirious girl: meningitis survivor reveals bizarre hallucinations as she lay in coma – after Peter Andre dressed as St Peter at pearly gates told her ‘it wasn’t her time’
A woman who nearly died after being struck down by meningitis says she was saved after having a vision of PETER ANDRE dressed as St Peter at the Pearly Gates – before he told her it wasn’t her time.
It might sound like Insania, but Kerry MacKinnon, 36, was terrified when the Aussie heartthrob appeared head-to-toe in a white suit leading her towards the light.
Having been struck by a near fatal attack of bacterial meningitis, the 36-year-old woke up from a 10-day coma only to be haunted by horrifying visions.
Not only did Kerry see the Mysterious Girl singer, she also envisaged Katie Price as a vampire nurse and the case of TOWIE surrounding a stricken Mark Wright in the next bed.
Despite having beaten the deadly virus, Kerry, from the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, still vividly remembers her visions.
Catering assistant Kerry said: “Those visions were the scariest time of my life.
“The clearest one was seeing Peter Andre dressed all in white in front of the pearly gates.
“There was a bright light behind him when I approached.
“He looked exactly like St Peter is described.
“As I got in front of him, he told me it wasn’t my time.
“After that, I woke up terrified.”
Kerry’s hallucinations began after she woke up from a 10 day coma.
The then 33-year-old had been complaining of headaches and aching bones for almost a month before she collapsed.
With the help of her mum, Brenda, she had been decorating a Christmas tree, when a debilitating migraine struck.
Kerry said: “On the way home I felt really sick so had to get mum to pull over.
“My brain felt like it was trying to come out of the front of head.
“I’d never felt anything like it before.
“I put it down to having a cold, but the headlights from the passing cars were agony.
“When I got in I took some painkillers and lay down on the bed.
“That was the last thing I saw until I woke up 10 days later.”
When Kerry failed to respond the following morning, Brenda rang the family GP who rushed over and administered an injection of antibiotics.
After being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, Kerry was blue lighted to Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, and hooked up to breathing and feeding tubes.
She only woke up when two nurses were pulling out her breathing tube and she had to be restrained.
Kerry said: “I hate anything like needles being near me, so that was my worst nightmare.
“Once they’d calmed me down the next thing I noticed was I couldn’t feel my legs.
“I immediately panicked and thought I’d never walk again.
“The doctors told me it was just that I hadn’t used them in so long that the muscle had wasted away.”
Kerry spent another three days in intensive care while her condition stabilised further.
As she lay in her bed, the lifesaving drugs she was administered led to her bizarre hallucinations.
She said: “As well as seeing Peter Andre, I was convinced one of my nurses was a vampire version of Katie Price.
“All she ever came to do was take my blood – it was really scary.
“I also believed Mark Wright had the bends and was in a decompression chamber next to me.
“The whole cast of TOWIE were stood round him checking he was alright.
“It wasn’t until my temperature fell that I realised there was no chamber there – there wasn’t even another bed.”
After being told she was improving, Kerry was moved to the high dependency unit.
For the first time in 13 days, she ate a meal – toast and tea.
Between intensive physiotherapy to get her walking again, Kerry had visits from family and friends.
She said: “When my auntie Shelley and cousin Bonnie came in to see me, I had to tell them about the hallucinations.
“They just burst out laughing.
“I knew how terrifying it had been, but to laugh about it made me feel so much better.”
After just another two days of physiotherapy, which Kerry described “like learning to walk again”, she was cleared to go home.
More than three years after being discharged from hospital, she has recovered well enough to return to work full time and care for her late sister’s seven-year-old son, Jack.
Kerry said: “Having Jack to care for really helped pull me through.
“I knew I had to survive to look after him.
“I’ve been left with a bit of hearing loss and type 2 diabetes, but I’m just happy I survived.
“Naively, I thought only kids contracted meningitis, so I want people of all ages to look out for the signs.
“If it hadn’t have been for my parents and our GP acting quickly I wouldn’t be here.
“The same goes for the amazing work of the doctors and nurses at Medway.
“Without them I’d be dead.”
Catherine Plowright, the Consultant Nurse Critical Care at Medway, said: “Many patients who are critically ill for whatever reason and require admission to a critical care unit will experience strange, vivid dreams and hallucinations.
“This is called delirium and is caused by a variety of reasons, including the critical nature of the illness, the drugs used to treat them, and as they cannot clearly understand what is happening to them the have memory gaps and in an attempt to fill in these memory gaps they dream and hallucinate.
“At Medway we have a Critical Care Follow service and see our patients before they leave hospital and then once they are at home.
“Kerry was seen by myself on two occasions within three months to help her though this part of her critical care recovery.”