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Eliza manages brilliantly, despite losing her legs and some fingers and toes.

Kimberley lost some fingers and toes and has had multiple skin grafts.

The long term effects

While the majority of sufferers will make a full recovery from meningococcal disease, around 10 percent will die – and another 20 percent will suffer long-term consequences, such as:

• headaches
• tiredness
• memory loss
• concentration problems
• disruptive behaviour
• mood swings
• sight problems
• deafness
• learning difficulties
• epilepsy
• chronic fatigue syndrome
• liver or kidney failure
• paralysis
• skin scarring due to skin grafts
• amputated limbs, fingers or toes