He said: “When I woke up from the coma, in the hospital, even though the doctors hadn't yet amputated, I already knew deep down that I most likely wouldn't leave the hospital just like I entered it.
“I didn't come out unscathed from this battle, the meningococcus took away my legs and seven of my fingers, but it didn't take away my will to live, my happiness, my incredible fortitude, which allowed me to transform this experience into a further push forward, into power.
“My life will never be the same because I do not do the same things as before, but many, many more. I always share my experience to motivate people to overcome life's difficulties, big or small, to show that the limits are not always real.”
Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “It’s true, that for many who survive meningitis, they live with life-changing outcomes. But for every family and every community touched by meningitis, there is light ahead. There is a Global Road Map to Defeat Meningitis by 2030, which will save lives and significantly reduce disabilities caused by meningitis.
“For those who survive with life-changing impacts, adjusting to a life that may look different to before can be a long and difficult journey. But it’s important to know, there is hope. We know from other meningitis survivors’ experiences, and as Andrea’s story shows, life can begin again. It’s also vital that those facing challenging times know they are not on their own. This is why we are aiming to bring together the largest collection of meningitis experiences, told by people in their own words, to foster greater understanding of this complicated disease, to share how others have moved forward and ensure that those who have experienced the impact of a meningitis diagnosis know they are never alone.”
To read Andrea story in his own words, visit: https://www.meningitis.org/meningitis-in-your-words/andrea-lanfri
If you have a meningitis story to share, and would like to be one of the 2,030 voices for 2030, go to: Meningitis in your words | Meningitis Research Foundation.
For more information about World Meningitis Day and other ways to get involved in the global effort to defeat meningitis, visit worldmeningitisday.org.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4578 adults, of whom 1,402 were parents of children aged 25 or under. Fieldwork was undertaken between 11th - 13th September 2023. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).