Brave youngster battles meningitis

5th July 2016

Nothing can prepare you for what meningitis does to a body, let alone a little seven-year-old girl.


Less than a fortnight ago little Brogan-Lei was a bridesmaid at her parents Aimee and Craig's wedding - now she is fighting for her life. Brogan's story, published in the Daily Mirror and Sun newspapers shows the full impact of meningitis.

Aimee and Craig bravely allowed the Daily Mirror to publish images of their daughter in Birmingham Children's Hospital - where they say her life has been saved 100 times already. Brogan, from Birmingham, is responding to treatment - but needs numerous skin grafts and surgery to remove her toes on her left foot. 

Brogan's mum Aimee said "This week has totally changed my outlook on life. Its shown what's important and what isn't, who's there and who isn't and people who just want a bit of gossip in comparison to those who genuinely care." 

Brogan-Lei was enjoying being on her parents' honeymoon when the disease struck. "All the little things we thought were important to us suddenly aren't anymore," said Aimee. "Me and Craig just want to remind everyone how overwhelmed and grateful we are for all the help and offers we've received from people near and far."

Brogan-Lei aged 7

Brogan went down with a suspected eye infection after her parents wedding, which took place in Malvern just a few weeks ago. She was given antibiotics but was rushed to hospital on June 27 after the family returned from Cornwall, when Aimee noticed a rash on her daughter's skin and went to their GP. 

Speaking through a friend, trainee midwife Aimee and car parts worker Craig, 29, said: "We would like to raise awareness for Meningitis B and the symptoms. Nothing can prepare you for what meningitis does to a body, let alone a little seven-year-old girl. You see it in pictures but in reality, its much, much more than just a 'rash'." 

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Brogan's godmother Lisa told the Birmingham Mail: “The whole family can see she is coping as well as she possibly can, considering the circumstance.”

Brogan Lei's foot was amputated last month and she has since had reconstructive surgery to her left leg. She has recently been able to leave her hospital bed by using her new wheelchair. Find out more and watch the video on the Birmingham Mail.

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