My second escape from tetanus death

A SUFFOLK woman who caught tetanus after injuring herself on a shrub in her garden has surprised doctors by surviving the illness... for a second time.

A SUFFOLK woman who caught tetanus after injuring herself on a shrub in her garden has surprised doctors by surviving the illness... for a second time.

Jane Maddams, 60, of Catsfield, Stutton, spent three months in hospital after grazing her arm on a hebe stalk. At one stage doctors gave her only a 30 per cent chance of survival.

Remarkably, Jane had already been struck down by lockjaw after skinning her knees as a 17-year-old.

Doctors had previously thought suffering the disease once prevented any further infection. And for those with only childhood memories of rusty nails and tetanus jabs, Jane's terrible tale should encourage more people to get booster jabs.


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She said: "It was absolutely horrific. I was unconscious for three and a half weeks."

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