Jacob’s story features in TV documentary

25th July 2015

Look out for a television documentary featuring our new Young Ambassador, Jacob Gray, on BBC 3 at 9pm on Monday 3 August

The programme, called Disabled In An Instant, is about the experience of becoming disabled. It will be presented by Peter Mitchell, the actor most famous for a role in Hollyoaks, who himself became a wheelchair user after a car accident when he was 19.  

We put the programme makers in touch with Jacob and his partner, Summer, last autumn because he has such a strong meningitis story to tell, and they’ve been talking to him since October. We look forward to seeing his story told in the programme.

Young Ambassador

Jacob recently accepted an invitation to became a Young Ambassador for us. 

“Meningitis Now was there for me when I needed them the most. I've seen them give hope to the hopeless. This is something I want to do for those who may sadly suffer from meningitis in the future.”

Jacob Gray

On 10 January 2013 Jacob walked into hospital, where he remained a patient for the next 699 days. He had contracted meningococcal septicaemia.

His family was told he had a 10% chance of survival, and if he survived was expected to have permanent brain damage.

While in the ICU his toes and the soles of his feet turned necrotic - the sepsis had started to overtake all the efforts of the medical team. Jacob made the decision to have his legs amputated below the knee to better his chances of walking independently in the future.

After several more months of rehabilitation as an amputee he was finally discharged from hospital.

Life is looking good

Now out, his progress is still slow, but it's continually improving. Walking is getting easier and his overall strength is increasing.

A year ago Jacob posted that life is looking good at last.

“I’ve recently taken my first (wobbly!) steps on my prosthetic legs and my girlfriend, Summer, said ‘yes’, when I asked her to marry me last month, so life is looking good at last!"

Jacob Gray

Meningitis amputee Young Ambassador Jacob Gray

Jacob’s story

At 22, Jacob was fit and healthy, most at home when walking through forests, paddle boarding and climbing cliffs. He had no idea meningitis was going to take over his body and change his life forever. Read more