She told the Daily Mirror:
“I was feeling really ill by that stage. I was hot and dizzy and felt really strange. “I was bleeding more and my mum suggested I feel about and see if there was anything there.”
The third-year criminology student said she had inserted the tampon during her period last month but due to stress had forgotten to remove it and insert another one
Doctors managed to save her life using antibiotics but Ms Pankhurst is still unable to walk long distances.
She said her boyfriend has been very supportive, he feeds her and carries her to places whenever she is very weak to walk.
Ms Pankhurst said girls her age are “not aware of the dangers of using tampons”.
“It is so important to keep an eye on your health, especially during stressful life experiences.
“I hope my story can help others like myself to take care of your health and not take your life for granted because you never know what might be around the corner.”