Mum who thought she had cold dies from infection after spell in intensive care

A mum who thought she was struggling with a “simple cold” tragically died from a rare infection just days later.

Jeanine Jones, from Eastham in Merseyside, thought she had caught it from her two-year-old daughter Phoebe.

She began to feel unwell while staying at her mum’s house last month and was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.

While there, staff diagnosed her with endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of the heart.

Jeanine was later taken to the hospital’s intensive care unit after her condition deteriorated, and pronounced dead on April 28.

Mum Alison told the Liverpool Echo: "We never thought when she was going into that ambulance it was the last time we would see her.

"Even on the Wednesday we were all in our Whatsapp group and she was texting all through the day making plans, then we got a phone call to come into hospital in the night and she hadn't made it.

"Due to Covid we couldn't go through to see her, which was just so sad we couldn't say goodbye."

Jeanine had previously battled the rare heart infection after developing sepsis following the birth of her daughter in December 2018, and had a heart operation to fit a new valve.

Alison added: "The awful thing is we were lulled into a false sense of security because she'd already battled endocarditis before and come through.

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She'd had the operation and we thought that was it and her heart was the healthiest it had been.

"The trouble is once you've had endocarditis you can be susceptible."

Alison described Jeanine as a "caring, loving, funny person who never complained."

She said: "Jeanine just got on with life, she was settled and happy in her little flat with her daughter Phoebe, who is two, and she was very close to us.

"We're a very close family and everything was going well for her, she was happy.

"She was working as a support worker at Autism Together a few days a week, it gave her something, she wanted to work it gave her purpose and she used to go to everything with Phoebe, even in covid, she'd be doing Pop Cats with her virtually in her flat.

"It's just so sad, 34, that's not the age to go."

Alison is now hoping to raise awareness of endocarditis, a condition she hadn’t heard of until her daughter’s initial diagnosis.

A JustGiving page has since been set up to support the family, and has already raised more than £3,000.

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Alison has also received a raft of tributes from her daughter’s friends.

She said: "So many people have been getting in touch, it's been a comfort really, saying she had such a lovely nature and was very kind.

"People she worked with at Autism together have messaged, she was very popular and known for being very patient with people."

A celebration of Jeanine's life will be held at Landican Cemetery on May 18.

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