Charlotte Hannibal

I want to ensure that no one in my community goes through meningitis alone

Charlotte H

Young ambassador

Student Charlotte had both legs amputated below the knee and lost all the fingers on her left hand when she contracted meningococcal group W (Men W) meningitis last year

She thought she had the flu when she began to experience a variety of symptoms, including feeling cold, shivering, a sore throat and a bloating feeling in her stomach. 

Charlotte spent 17 days in an induced coma and awoke unable to remember what had happened to her. Although Charlotte has now recovered from meningitis, she has been left with a number of after-effects, which have changed her life dramatically.

“I was left with severe memory loss – I couldn’t remember being ill at all. My hearing was also damaged. I had both legs amputated below the knee and lost all my fingers on my left hand,” she said.

“Due to severe scarring, my kidneys no longer worked at the necessary rate, so I have just had a kidney transplant. Whilst I still have to attend multiple rehabilitation appointments, and spend four days a week in hospital, I’m very grateful to be alive and well.”

Charlotte is also getting used to her new prosthetic hand.

“The quality is absolutely fantastic”, Charlotte said. “Many people have struggled to tell whether it was real or not. You can definitely see the amazing quality when I put it next to a standard definition hand.  It’s so nice to have another piece of my old reflection back!”

As she recovers Charlotte has helped organise events, including a music evening to raise funds and disease awareness, as well as towards her own prosthetic needs in the future. As a Young Ambassador, Charlotte will fundraise, raise awareness and provide support to people in her community, alongside Meningitis Now regional staff.

She added: “I know first-hand how devastating this disease can be so I’m honoured to join the Young Ambassador team. It’s vital that people are aware of the disease symptoms so they can act fast and save lives. I want to ensure that no one in my community goes through meningitis alone.”

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