I was not offered any support or advice after she was ill by organisations such as Meningitis Research Foundation. It was pretty tough and it would have been a great help to have talked to others who had been through a similar experience or discuss what possible after effects she might have.
We were warned that she may suffer from after effects such as brain damage or hearing loss so for the next 2 years she was monitored by the hospital but thankfully she escaped unscathed. We were told by the doctors that if we’d gone to hospital any later it could have been very different.
As a result of Coco being so ill I do think I became overprotective of her when she was younger and worried whenever she caught a cold or saw a rash. I was not particularly conscious of meningitis before and didn’t imagine it could happen to us but there were a number of babies in the hospital at that time with the disease.
The whole experience really brought the family together which was fantastic and they were always visiting me in the hospital, bringing food and keeping me and Coco company. I can remember wanting a dress for her and got really upset that she didn’t have one only baby grows so my friend Emma got one for her and brought it into the hospital.