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Meningitis student recovers after 999 dash from school

By Cate McCurry

Published 05/02/2016

Conor McManus remains in hospital after falling seriously ill
Conor McManus remains in hospital after falling seriously ill

A Co Fermanagh teenager was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital with suspected viral meningitis.

Conor McManus, a seventh year pupil from Enniskillen, became seriously ill in school around lunchtime last Friday. The St Michael's College student's condition rapidly deteriorated and an ambulance was called.

St Michael's chaplain Canon Macartan McQuaid explained: "He took ill on Friday and drew the immediate attention of the school nurse.

"Ambulance authorities were contacted, the hospital was contacted and he was taken to South West Acute Hospital, and he has been there since."

On Friday afternoon Conor was described as being "seriously ill" in an update on the college's Twitter account.

Canon McQuaid later tweeted that he was improving but was still "quite ill". "A year 14 pupil, healthy, big lad, it was a major shock.

"We have had prayers for him and we had Mass on Tuesday.

"Mass will be offered for his full and speedy recovery," he told the Fermanagh Herald.

He went on to describe Conor, a keen GAA player, as a "very bright pupil" and a "model young fellow".

"He would have been on the preliminary panel (MacRory Cup school GAA tournament) and would be into his sport.

"He is a very bright pupil and is a very model young fellow.

"He hopefully will be back soon and continue to be.

"People have been so supportive and the response of pupils and people generally has been so good.

"With any young person suffering an illness, especially an unexpected sudden illness, the response of the community is always very supportive."

Canon McQuaid tweeted earlier this week that Conor had improved but that he was still in critical care.

"Good news to tell. Conor much improved. Conscious and eating thanks to God and to your prayers. Still in critical care and a bit to do.

"Sincere prayer achieves more than the world can ever know. Keep praying.

"Conor is slightly improved but is still serious. Will keep updating."

It's the latest blow to hit the grammar school following the death of 13-year-old Oisin McGrath, who died almost one year ago.

The Belcoo boy died after sustaining a head injury while playing football at the school.

The Belfast Telegraph contacted St Michael's, however it declined to comment.

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