Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF, said: ‘When meningitis strikes, it affects the whole family. For over 30 years we have been supporting people like Zara and her loved ones through some of the darkest moments of their lives. We are very grateful to Zara for bravely sharing her story and helping raise awareness of just how difficult life after meningitis can be.
‘At this time of the year, it is vitally important for people to know the symptoms
, and how they differ from COVID. The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than well-known the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion. Spotting it early is key for effective rapid treatment.’
Pictured: (L) Scarring on Zara's leg caused by meningitis and septicaemia. (R) The so-called "meningitis rash" on Zara's arm.
Zara is now on the road to recovery, but her life has been changed forever by meningitis.