01/12/2009 12:23 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Swine Flu Girl Saved By Mother's Instinct

Andrea Samples is being credited with saving her daughter's life, after 15-year-old Jessica contracted swine flu.

Mrs Sample refused to accept her doctor's conclusions after they sent Jessica home two days in a row, and returned on the third day as symptoms were worsening.

Her daughter was immediately admitted to intensive care as the infection had spread to her heart, and it could no longer beat on its own.

Jessica was a strong and healthy child, but it was the swift decline in her condition which alarmed her mother.

Having initially displayed mild symptoms, on the second day she had developed a bad cough, and by the third she was experiencing numbness in her hands and feet.

"From 0 to 60 in 10 seconds, that's how fast it went down," Andrea Samples told CNN.

When your child gets sick, one of the trickiest decisions a parent makes is whether to take them to the doctor, particularly if their symptoms seem quite mild.

Trying to avoid the 'hysterical mother' tag can be difficult given the current swine flu pandemic. Even a common cold has similar symptoms to the potentially fatal disease.

However, doctors regularly advise parents who are in doubt about whether to consult their GPs to trust their instincts and the case of Mrs Sample and her daughter serves to illustrate the point.

Despite nearly dying three times, Jessica is now back on her feet.

Linda Thompson, one of Jessica's doctors, admitted that her recovery is largely due to Mrs Sample's tenacity, adding that had she delayed admitting her daughter, "I don't think we would have pulled her through".

Do you believe in mother's instinct? Or is it just a case of common sense and luck?