Ava was transferred that night to an admissions ward and I can only imagine her head was in sheer agony as I will never forget her cry. She then began to have seizures which led to her being transferred to the High Dependency Unit. Ava was given a cat scan to determine any damage that had been made; we were told that she had some damage to her left side of her brain and only time would tell for recovery.
Ava seriously deteriorated and was transferred to PICU and we were told to prepare for the worst. She was monitored by the neuro team but it was decided that ventilating Ava was not the right choice, it was a waiting game. We prayed that her antibiotics would fight this.
One morning we came into Ava’s little room and said "Good Morning" to her nurse and as I finished my greeting Ava’s beautiful eyes opened and a little smile came across her face.
Ava recovered and was discharged from hospital a week later, however she required physio and to stay on medication for seizures, which she no longer needs. Ava has been for various check-ups within the last year and she has now been fully discharged as a healthy girl with no side effects so far and her brain appears to have repaired any damage. Our little fighter has been given a chance and we will be with her every step of the way to enjoy life to the full!
Meningitis Research Foundation were readily available to us in the early days when we were given this devastating news, it helped us understand and prepare for the unknown, had their website not been available we would have been in the dark on many occasions.