This baby will lose all her limbs and be left 90% brain damaged after contracting a rare form of meningitis This baby will lose all her limbs and be left 90% brain damaged after contracting a rare form of meningitis
A 10 months old baby faces losing all her limbs after contracting a rare and aggressive form of meningitis. Kia Gott, from Wyke in... This baby will lose all her limbs and be left 90% brain damaged after contracting a rare form of meningitis

A 10 months old baby faces losing all her limbs after contracting a rare and aggressive form of meningitis. Kia Gott, from Wyke in West Yorkshire, has had one arm amputated and is soon to have a leg removed after she was struck down with meningitis C septicaemia. Doctors told she could lose her hearing and sight and also be left 90% brain damaged. The baby’s parents, Vikki and Paul, took her to GP 4 weeks ago with a temperature and vomiting but was to accident and emergency some hours later. Mr Gott aunt, Donna, told Kia’s mother has stayed at Leeds Infirmary during baby’s treatment and wants to warn other people to watch out for the symptoms. She said ‘They know she is in a bad way, but they can’t grasp she can’t hear or see them. They believe she is responding to them and their voices and when Elsie sings her nursery rhymes. She is yawning, moving her head and her arm. The hospital has said it’s the worst case of Meningitis C they have seen there in 25 years.’

The vaccine for Meningitis C for 12 week old babies was discontinued by NHS from July 1 2016. This was because the success of MenC vaccination programme meant there were almost no cases of MenC disease in British babies. All children continue to be offered the Hib/MenC vaccine at 1 years old. Kia’s father is self-employed and has had to return to work to support the family. Friends of family have now raised more than £30,000 to help them on a JustGiving page, which you can find here.

Henry Okafor

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