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Holly K's story

1st December 2017

Twelve year old Holly from Wrexham, Flintshire, contracted meningococcal septicaemia when she was five. The brave youngster shares her story and how despite losing fingers to the disease, she doesn’t let anything stand in her way

Holly K's story

"On 23 May 2010, when I was five years old, I got taken into hospital in the middle of the night because I was sick.

"My mum found a scar on the top of my leg, and later that night I got rushed to Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool where I got diagnosed with MenB and septicaemia.

"On the way in the ambulance I went into a coma and woke up a week later. A week or so after that I had seven of my fingers amputated. I had a drip and had to get fed by a tube; I also had to get my blood cleaned on a machine twice a day. I was only allowed to stay in bed, so I wasn’t up and about walking - when I tried to stand up my scars kept getting stuck on my bed sheets. With help from the doctors and nurses and support from my family, I managed to conquer meningitis after six weeks in hospital. Since that time I have become a very strong person and won’t let anything stand in my way.

"I have been picked on because of my fingers and scars, but it doesn’t bother me because I know that it has made me brave and strong, and makes me feel like a very lucky person to survive a serious illness.

"I am now in a swimming club - it can’t stop me from doing anything! Meningitis Now has helped to make me a stronger and more self confident person. It has helped me to not let anything stand in my way. I went to a Family Day, where I met other people who have experienced the same or worse than me. It has made me feel like a very lucky person. Meningitis doesn’t really have an impact on me now. No-one notices about my fingers unless I tell them. It doesn’t make me any different from anyone else that I know.

"My motto is: Be strong. Be confident. Be brave."