Kia’s parents Paul and Vikki were by her side at Leeds General Infirmary, as she underwent lifesaving operations to amputate all four of her limbs.
Since then, she has been recovering slowly and her parents are delighted that she is finally well enough to come home. Paul said, “It is going to be life-changing and emotional when she comes home. Once she has been home once and it goes OK we can have her back pretty much every day.”
There had also been fears that Kia may be left both deaf and blind. However, it has become apparent that although she is likely to be blind and have brain damage, her hearing is intact.
Paul added, "It is heartbreaking but she is still breathing which is the main thing – now it’s just going to be about giving her the best quality of life we can.”
Doctors who initially treated Kia said it was one of the worst cases of the disease they had seen, which makes Kia’s progress and recovery to date even more remarkable.
Dr Tom Nutt, CEO at Meningitis Now, said, “Everyone at Meningitis Now is thrilled to hear the happy news that Kia was finally able to return home today.”
“Kia’s parents have faced months of heartache watching their daughter fight for her life and undergo several life-saving operations, so we join them in their delight as they bring their little girl home.”
“As Kia’s story shows, meningitis can be life-altering and result in a number of after-effects. Meningitis Now is here to support Kia and her family as she grows and develops and faces new challenges.”