Tragic news of 23-year-old Abigail Harris

26 Apr 2019
Tragic news of 23-year-old Abigail Harris

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is saddened to hear that 23-year-old Abigail Harris from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has tragically died.

Gloucestershire Live reports that Abigail went to bed with symptoms of a common cold on 27 March, but unknowingly had bacterial meningitis, and tragically she never woke up.

Abigail has been described as an incredible girl with a bright, bubbly and fun-loving personality.

Cat Keeling, Support Manager at MRF said, “We are saddened to learn of the death of Abigail and our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends. We’re here to help anyone affected by meningitis or septicaemia.

“There is a MenACWY vaccine available for teenagers and young people protecting them against four deadly types of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. It’s easy for anyone to check whether they are eligible for the vaccine at

“We encourage everyone to take up the offer of the vaccines that are included in routine immunisation schedules to protect themselves and their families. However, there are not yet vaccines available to prevent all forms of the disease so it is vital that people are aware of the symptoms.”

Anyone with questions or concerns can get in touch with MRF’s free helpline.


The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you or your family and friends.

MRF’s helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Tel: UK 080 8800 3344/Ireland 1800 41 33 44

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Holly Edwards - Communications Manager
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