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My meningitis story

Freddie's story

Freddie's story

Nine-week-old Freddie was floppy and unresponsive. His mum Jennifer rang 111 who told them to go straight to A and E, where they were seen immediately. After tests Freddie was diagnosed with e-coli me.....

George's story

George's story

Emma and her parents were looking forward to taking 10-month-old George on his first holiday abroad. But their trip turned into a nightmare when George became ill and sadly died soon after they arrive.....

Andrew's story

Andrew's story

Meningitis took Andrew, Kerry’s youngest brother, in a matter of hours in June 2013. Here Kerry shares their story. “Andrew was my youngest brother, he was my hero. He was a healthy young.....

Haydn's story

Haydn's story

After a brave fight, 10-year-old Haydn sadly died from bacterial meningitis in June 2011. His mum, Jeanette, from Salisbury, tells their story. "On Monday May 9th I woke Haydn up for school at 7.30am.....

Hazel's story

Hazel's story

Hazel, from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, contracted group B streptococcal disease as a one-month-old baby in 1995. Here she records the impact the disease has on her life. “I have had meningiti.....

Alex’s story

Alex’s story

Kelly’s youngest child Alex contracted bacterial meningitis at just 8 months of age. The soft spot on his head was very raised, he didn’t want to be touched and he was sensitive to sunligh.....

Caitlin’s story

Caitlin’s story

Caoimhe’s daughter Caitlin was just 11-months-old when she became ill with meningococcal septicaemia. The plucky youngster from Belfast battled through but now, some eight years later, Caitlin s.....

Charlie's story

Charlie's story

Baby Charlie had an unknown form of meningitis, but out of this traumatic experience his mum, Tina Carter from Norfolk, has sewn together a precious business opportunity. Here Tina recounts her’.....

Harriet's story

Harriet's story

Harriet Rose Pollard went from bad to verse as she recovered from viral meningitis and recounted her experience in a poem. The Surrey teenager, now 19, is nearly fully recovered, despite suffering s.....

Elise's Story

Elise's Story

Thirteen-month-old Elise was suffering from sickness, fever and lethargy in March 2014 before pneumococcal meningitis was diagnosed. But her story has a happy ending and mum Helen, of Cheltenham, want.....

Matt's Story

Matt's Story

Matt fell ill with meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 20. But the keen photographer fought back to overcome his after-effects of amputations and focus on a career in his chosen field.   Fou.....

Michelle's story

Michelle's story

When Michelle Atkinson started feeling ill at work she thought it was probably flu. But the Bristol mother’s symptoms quickly worsened, leaving her life in danger. The 37-year-old lost a fifth .....

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