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Kathleen Hawkins

Kathleen Hawkins talks about losing her legs to meningitis when she was at university


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Gina Weston

Gina talks about losing two sons to meningitis


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Jack Stewart

Northern Ireland member Yvonne Stewart talks about the loss of her young son, Jack, to meningitis in 1999


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Ben Etheridge

Ben Etheridge, contracted Group B meningococcal disease (meningitis and septicaemia) at the age of three and is coping with the after effects of the disease


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Sarah Lockey

Sarah Lockey talks how having amputations as a result of meningococcal septicaemia has affected her daughter's life


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Daraine Mulvihill

Daraine talks about how losing her legs to meningococcal septicaemia has affected her life


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Brian Cavanagh

Brian Cavanagh talks about losing his daughter, Elizabeth, to meningitis


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Matthew Willis

Matthew Willis talks about the effect that severe brain damage caused by pneumococcal meningitis has had on his son, Sam, and his family


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Melinda Lancaster

Melinda talks about how having meningitis and septicaemia at ten months has affected her daughter, Amelia


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Viv Bell

Viv was in a coma for 12 weeks and lost both legs from the knee down, as well as her fingers and the use of one hand


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Cieran Burke

Sue talks about how meningococcal meningitis severely affected her son, Cieran


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Charlotte Nott

Charlotte lost her lower arms and legs to meningitis and septicaemia. Mother Jenny talks about Charlotte's illness and how it has affected her daughter and the rest of the family


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Janine Dunbar

Janine Dunbar talks about her son contracting pneumococcal meningitis


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Alice Mittleman

Laura and Michael Mittelman talk about the loss of their daughter, Alice, to pneumococcal meningitis.


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Lesley Hart

Lesley talks about the effects that having meningitis has had on her life.


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Robbie Jones

Robbie Jones contracted meningococcal disease at 21 months resulting in his left leg being amputated below the knee, the right leg above the knee and the loss of fingers on his left hand


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Heather Lowther

Heather talks about contracting meningococcal septicaemia when she was 12 resulting in lower leg amputations and skin scarring.


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Bridget McCann

Bridget McCann from the Northern Ireland travelling community talks of the loss of Michael when he was just two years of age.


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Gemma Baxter

Gemma Baxter talks of the worst two weeks of her life when her son, Matthew, contracted meningococcal Group B meningitis at the age of 13 months.


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Jo Lofting

Jo talks to Meningitis Research Foundation about the severe effects that meningococcal meningitis has had on her son, Jack.


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Richard Bell

Viv was in a coma for 12 weeks and lost both legs from the knee down, as well as her fingers and the use of one hand. Richard talks from a husband's perspective about coping with Viv's illness.


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George Lane

George Lane talks about being affected multiple times by meningitis.


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Nikki Craig

Nikki talks about having and recovering from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.


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Jennifer Gray

Edwina and Jamie Gray write about the recent loss of their daughter, Jennifer, from bacterial meningitis

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Skye Draper

"I'm writing this in the hope that I can help other parents get through what we are going through"

Gabi Draper shares the story of her young daughter Skye's battle against pneumococcal meningitis

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Mags Smart

Mags Smart from Wexford lost her son, Ruairí, to meningitis in 2012

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Maureen Ellson

Maureen Ellson from Northern Ireland is one of the many MRF members who've told their story to the media to help raise awareness of meningitis.

Maureen lost her son, David, to meningitis in 2002

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Claire Streeter

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Alan Smith

"I spent six weeks in St John’s Hospital in Livingston where I underwent four operations to repair the damage caused by the septicaemia."

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Caroline Holohan

"I thought he could be made to get better but after three days on life support we had to take the horrendous decision to turn the machines off."

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Sofia Crockatt

"We had to make the decision to have her left leg amputated below the knee to try and help her survive whilst doctors fought to save her right leg."

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Nicky McClure

"The actions of the midwife and my GP saved Megan's life."

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George Keen

The baby who beat meningitis twice.

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Elanda Banda

Elena Banda lost her son, Praise, to bacterial meningitis in February 2010 aged 10 months.

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Jody Cross

Jodie’s two daughter Lydia and Millie both contracted meningitis and septicaemia in 2003.

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Arthur Blake

"So many fights and so many diseases"

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