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“My daughter had to be amputated”

Meningococcal meningitis usually occurs in childhood (especially in children under one year old), as well as in adolescents and young adults (between 16 and 24 years old). AdobeStock

TESTIMONY – Rare and little known, this bacterial infection can lead to amputations or even death in just a few hours. Recently, a vaccine has been recommended and reimbursed.

It’s an episode that, three years later, is still extremely painful to talk about for Mélanie. “My daughter was discharged from the hospital with two legs and her right hand fingers missing. At the beginning, I was very angry with myself, I told myself that I had not been able to protect her. But looking back, I realized that if I hadn’t had the reflex to call for help, she would have died.“, testifies this mother residing in the north of France. One morning in July 2019, her daughter Luana, then 7.5 months old, simply had a fever. So far, nothing out of the ordinary for a baby this age. Impossible to imagine that a handful of hours later, the baby – in good health by the way – will be admitted to intensive care.

As the day progressed, his condition deteriorated. “She continued to play, but the fever kept rising despite the Doliprane. At one point I picked her up, she was very limp, like a rag doll“recalls Mélanie. The firefighters…

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