Girl has both feet amputated after parents thought meningitis was eye infection
A schoolgirl has had both feet amputated after contracting a rare form of meningitis which her parents initially thought was a common eye infection.
Nine-year-old Brogan-Lei Partridge first complained of feeling unwell during her parents’ honeymoon in Cornwall back in June 2016.
Aimee, 27, and Craig, 31, initially thought she had an infection after she began vomiting during the holiday, which took place only days after her parents’ wedding, the Daily Record reports .
But after returning to the family home in Bartley Green, Birmingham, Brogan-Lei’s condition deteriorated and her parents rushed her to A&E.
She quickly developed a terrible rash across her legs and doctor’s diagnosed her with meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.
The brave youngster’s family were given the devastating news she would have to have her left foot removed due to the damage the condition had caused.
Now, two years later and having endured dozens of excruciating operations in an effort to save her right foot, Brogan has finally had the remaining foot amputated as well – but is still smiling despite the unbearable pain.
Aimee said: "We’d been in and out of the sea all week so, at first we thought the first signs of the meningitis were conjunctivitis caused by swimming in the ocean.
"It was heartbreaking being told she’d have to have to the first amputation.
"Doctors thought her right foot would heal, so she had hours worth of surgery to keep it.
"She’d cry out in the night because of the pain.
"She’d say I just want to be normal and to play with friends at school like everyone else."
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Despite the agony, Aimee said that Brogan has shown huge courage throughout her journey as she now faces the prospect of life without her feet.
Brogan’s parents are now going to face the prospect of preparing Brogan for a life without feet and have already found a wheelchair which she’ll need.
Aimee said: "She’s been very brave and has always tried her best and been realistic.
"She didn’t like the treatment but knew it was for the best and trooped through it all. She’s wise beyond her years.
"The wheelchair is £2,000 so it’s going to be a stretch for us – but we’ll do our best."
Speaking from her hospital bed, Brogan said: "I’m annoyed because I can’t move around properly.
"But all the doctors are being nice, and I can’t wait for the wheelchair."
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