When little Harmonie-Rose came down with a rash, her parents soon learned how dire things could become. Turns out, the baby had the deadly disease Meningitis B. Before Freya Hall and Ross Allen knew it, their child was in the hospital, in intensive care. Then things got worse. Much worse.
Harmonie-Rose developed sepsis, a life threatening blood poisoning that comes from infections. Doctors delivered the bad news – the child only had a 10 percent chance of survival, and only after they operated on her. Turns out, they had to remove her arms, legs, and part of her nose in order to keep the condition in check.
Harmonie-Rose came through the procedures with flying colors, and considering what happened to her, she maintained a sunny attitude and disposition. Over the course of the last few years, the little girl has undergone 10 more surgeries. She deals with chronic kidney failure and takes dozens of medications to manage her pain and to control the internal damage caused by the disease.
Thanks to donations from the community, Harmonie-Rose has been fitted with prosthetics to make her life a bit easier. She’s now in school, excelling among her classmates, and staying confident and happy among the stares and struggles.
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Remember to watch out for the sign of meningitis:
- Press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin
- Spots/rash may fade at first
- Keep checking
- Fever with spots/rash that do not fade under pressure is a medical emergency
- Do not wait for a rash. If someone is ill and getting worse, get medical help immediately
Left untreated, up to 50% of cases may die. Bacterial meningitis may also result in brain damage, hearing loss or a learning disability in 10% to 20% of survivors.
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