The symptoms of this disease, how to prevent it and how not to mistake it for something minor.
Harmonie-Rose Hall has been news for many things, but above all, for its great courage. With only a ten percent chance of survival after being attacked by type B meningitis, the little girl defied the world and conquered her life.
According to what was reported by Mirror, a UK newspaper, Harmonie lost both of her legs, both arms and the tip of her nose due to this infection, however, her courage and will to live was not reduced by this disease.
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Ten days after Harmonie took her first steps, she fell ill and her parents, Freya Hall and Ross Allen, rushed to the hospital with the little girl who was then put on a ventilator with only a ten percent chance of survival.
But our little hero, she wasn’t ready to give up. Today her parents fight with her, so that she has a life as normal and happy as possible.
Her mother commissioned a special doll in America, and now she has become Harmonie’s best friends. The doll’s name is Rebecca. She loves her and says she looks just like her, “her mother told the media that follow her story.
Her mother explained that Harmonie never saw a person like her, and that having the doll will help her want to use her prosthetics, while preparing to walk again.
What is type B meningitis?
According to MedLine Plus, meningitis is a type of infection that attacks the meninges, which is the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord.
It can be caused by a virus or bacteria. Infections caused by a virus usually do not need treatment and go away as they come, however, those caused by a bacteria (bacterial meningitis) can be extremely serious and even cause death.
Bacterial meningitis MUST always be treated urgently
The most common symptoms of bacterial meningitis can include:
Less frequent symptoms:
Bulging fontelas in babies (the soft spot on the crown of babies’ heads)
Decreased state of consciousness.
Poor appetite and irritability.
Head and neck arched forward.
Bacterial meningitis should always be treated with antibiotics and needs urgent medical attention. It is extremely important that if you suspect that you or someone in your family has this infection, that you see a doctor immediately. Only health professionals can detect if there is a viral or bacterial infection; the symptoms alone do not help you decide the seriousness of the situation.
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How to prevent it:
There are a number of vaccines that help prevent this disease. The Haemophilus vaccine (HiB vaccine) is a vaccine that is given to children that helps prevent the spread of this infection.
There is also the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine that works for both children and adults. Then there is the meningococcal vaccine that is equally applied to children and adults.
Meningitis is highly contagious and doctors usually put close people (family members or people with whom they live) on a course of antibiotics as a safety measure.