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Bulloch County teen 'just hours away from dying'


For Noah Oglesby, it started with a bad headache.

"When he first got home, I thought he had a migraine," said his mom, Penny Oglesby. "He gets migraines a lot, runs a high fever, throws up, and that's it, it's over."

But Noah's symptoms quickly got worse.

"He said, mom, I've got to go somewhere now. I can't wait," explained Penny.

So at 4 a.m., the Oglesby's made the decision to drive the 14 year old from Bulloch County to the St. Joseph's Emergency Room.

"I remember getting in the truck, falling asleep, then getting in the wheelchair here, and wheeling in," said Noah.

Emergency Physician, Dr. Scott Moore, was the first one to treat Noah that morning.

"At the point that he came in, he was completely confused, he wasn't talking," explained Dr. Moore. "His parents said he was complaining of a headache, but Noah couldn't verbalize anything. He was even a little combative when I tried to examine him."

Dr. Moore and staff nurses quickly realized Noah probably had meningitis. Tests confirmed it as a rare bacterial spinal meningitis. The news wasn't good.

"He was probably within hours of a very serious demise, even death," said Dr. Moore. 

"I never ever thought spinal meningitis. I figured maybe it was the flu," said Penny, "I was told if I had sent him to bed with that headache, I would have woke up the next morning and found him dead."

Noah was admitted into the hospital. His parents never left his side.

"It was awful," said Penny. "He wouldn't respond. No response at all. He did not even move. He would throw up and he didn't know he was throwing up."

"It scared the tar out of me, seeing my boy like that," said William Oglesby, Noah's dad. "I've never seen him sick like that."

Noah remained in a coma like state for three days. It was almost two weeks before the teen was able to come home.

"I think God was with me," said Noah.

The teen is still recovering from the illness and won't be able to finish out the school year. The Oglesby's are just grateful for Dr. Moore and the nurses who treated their son, helping him cheat a certain death.

"He is a miracle. He's a walking miracle," said Penny.

"I'm happy he's still here," said William. "I couldn't go on without him."

Noah could have some lasting effects from the disease, like seizures.

There is a vaccine against meningitis, but it may not cover every strain. The Centers for Disease Control recommends all 11 to 12 years olds should be vaccinated, then given a booster dose at age 16.

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