PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Providence school teacher says she is a victim of the multi state fungal meningitis outbreak.
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After contracting fungal meningitis, Patricia Schmeddy-Necht says she is angry, frustrated, and scared about her future and her health, because there is no guarantee she will ever fully recover.
Every day for four hours, Patricia receives medications through an IV, which she has been doing since November when she was told she had contracted fungal meningitis.
"I was in a car accident in April and an uninsured motorist totaled my car and it messed up my back a little bit and by September, I decided there's got to be something I can do, and my father told me about these steroid shots," she said.
Patricia got three shots from New England Compounding Center In Framingham , and a month after her third shot, the pharmacy called and said she may have been exposed to fungal meningitis.
"The week before I had very bad pain in my legs, confusion, irritability, you didn't really want to believe that you had it, and so it was really very scary and very painful from that week."
Patricia was given more than a dozen medications and everyday she says is a struggle for her and her family. She has been told the future of her health is unknown.
Since both Patricia and her husband are out of work dedicating every day to recovery, they say bills have been piling up. A good friend and co-worker of Patricia's is throwing a fundraiser at Parlour, a Providence bar on North Main Street on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
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