Chris Beer from Crawcrook, Tyne and Wear, is set to take part in the Great North Run this year to raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) because both he and his daughter experienced the disease.
Chris (32) said, “When I was eight years old I almost died from meningitis. I remember being out playing on the street on a sunny Saturday, feeling on top of the world, then boom...I was ill in bed.
“My mam rang the doctor not knowing what was wrong with me. He came out to the house and seeing the symptoms sent me to hospital knowing something was not right. Meningitis wasn’t as well known then as it is today, but I was lucky enough to be assessed at hospital by a nurse who had been studying meningitis and spotted the signs. By this time I was drifting in and out of consciousness and was sent straight to intensive care. The doctors told my mam and dad to prepare for the worst saying I only had hours left to live.
“However after a few days I was taken off life support and eventually made a full recovery. I was very lucky. Other people have lost limbs and worse.
“Many years later, my daughter Molly was born. Three weeks into her life, she became unwell, so we took a trip to the walk in health centre thinking it was just a cold but wanting to get her checked anyway. We were seen by the nurse and doctor and sent by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.