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Teenage Meningitis survivor shares story of survival

A 19-year-old Cross Plains teenager is urging students to get vaccinated against the deadly bacterial infection that almost took her life. 
"I was admitted Monday, and then that Wednesday I was almost dead," says 19-year-old Tori Robertson's life. 

It was the scariest week of her life.

"They told me I had the flu," said Robertson.

But it wasn't the flu. At the young age of fourteen, her life took a deadly turn.

"My mom was like no, you don't have the flu, something else is wrong," Robertson explains. "They took a spinal tap that Monday,".

Doctors found swelling in the membranes surrounding Robertson's brain. Her body was literally shutting down.

"I remember my mom telling me Tori! Breath! And I would have to gasp for breath," said Robertson.

She was told it was Meningitis, a deadly bacteria disease. Vaccination for the disease is now mandatory for all college students. But five years ago, that wasn't the case.

"If I had heard about it, gotten the vaccination, I would probably be on a basketball scholarship," said Robertson. 

Unlike many others, Robertson survived. Aside from some memory loss, she's now able to live like I normal college freshman.

"I have to write down everything my professors tell me. My planner book is full," Robertson said.

She's also sharing her story with high school students, and urging them to get vaccinated. 
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