It can happen to anyone

Sarah Hayward, 51 years old, felt “strange” wondered if she’d had her drink spiked after a night out with her pals.

Within 24 hours, she was being rushed to hospital in a semi-comatose state after contracting meningitis (Men W strain). She had a heart attack, her organs began to fail and remained unconscious for two weeks, after which doctors had to amputate both of her legs below the knee.

Sarah said: “My 16 year old daughter Ciara saved my life. She started to get concerned that she couldn’t get in touch with me. She knew something was wrong so she got her course tutor to drive her home.”

Sarah now has to drive a specially-adapted car and lives in a bungalow. She is now also working with the charity Meningitis Now as part of its “Adults Get It Too” campaign, which aims to educate people on the fact that it’s not just babies and kids who are at risk of the disease.

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