I was struck down by Meningococcal disease W strain with septicaemia in August 2016. I was 30 years old. I went from being a happy independent woman to fighting for my life within hours.
After thinking I had the flu, I kept getting worse and after 12 hours I was on life support and my family were told to say goodbye.
Waking up 8 days later from a coma, I had no idea the fight I still had ahead of me. I couldn’t move my body and I was put back on life support a further four times. I lost four major organs, my spleen, gallbladder, and bowel were removed and my kidneys have failed. I also have intestinal failure and an ileostomy. I have had 58 admissions to hospital and 35 operations, including amputations of fingers and toes. There isn’t much of me that meningococcal hasn’t impacted.