A mother whose daughter almost died after contracting meningitis and septicaemia as a baby tells her family’s heartbreaking story in a short video aimed at raising awareness of the disease.
Four-year-old Maisie Catt, of Mirfield, fell ill with group B meningococcal septicaemia as a five-month-old baby.
Maisie was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit on December 29 2009 after projectile vomiting, developing mottled skin and a tiny red spot on her head.
Doctors had to amputate both Maisie’s legs to stop the disease spreading.
Her mother Sharon tells how quickly the disease took hold in the video for The Meningitis Research Foundation. Mrs Catt, 36, said she was happy to help raise awareness, adding: “I would ask parents to trust their instincts.”
Maisie, who has two prosthetic legs and uses crutches, started junior school in September and is doing well.
Mrs Catt said: “She has got a can do attitude. She amazes me every day.”
Chris Head, CEO of Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “We are entering the peak period for the disease and many parents are not aware their children are not protected against all strains.
“There is no vaccine available in the UK and Ireland against the most common cause of meningitis, meningococcal B infection (MenB).
“A new vaccine against MenB is currently under consideration by the JCVI – the committee that advises Government on vaccines – and we are campaigning hard for it to be introduced. Vaccines have almost eliminated many types of meningitis and septicaemia but they still present a very real threat to our children so make sure you know the symptoms, trust your instincts and seek medical help.”