Every SECOND counts. If you suspect meningitis, GET MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY. Call or see your doctor / Call an ambulance / Get to a hospital.

Personal Stories

Matthew's Story
Matthew was three and a half when he contracted suspected bacterial meningitis in 2009. While ongoing symptoms still affect Matthew’s quality...
Tania's Story
Tania, a cultural psychologist and professional evaluator, contracted meningococcal septicaemia in late 2003. At the age of 40, with a significant...
Sheryl's Diary
Sara wasn’t well and when her symptoms worsened, her mum Sheryl trusted her instincts and took her to A&M. Her quick thinking meant that a...
Sara's Story
With an active social life and a blossoming television production career, 21 year old Sara felt her life was really 'coming together'. Her personal...
Elly's Story
What started as a common childhood virus quickly turned into a life threatening case of pneumococcal meningitis for 14 month old Elly in 2004. Ten...
Lisa's Story (for Tesh)
Lisa and Mark lost their beautiful 18 year old daughter, Letitia (Tesh) to meningococcal C on 24 July 2012. The disease struck quickly and took hold...
Lesley's Story (for David Jnr)
David Jnr was only 14 months old when he contracted pneumococcal meningitis. After being rushed to hospital and put into an induced coma due to the...
Phil's Story
In 2008 Phil was happily living in Queenstown with his wife and two children and loving his job managing a Christian Camp and Conference Centre. That...
Kardas' Story
Kardas was an active, healthy seven year old when he contracted meninigococcal septicaemia in 2003. The importance of trusting your instincts and...
Loken's Story
We were living in the UK, it was the 10th of January 2011 and Ireceived a phone call at 3pm from the nursery saying that Loken had a temperature and...
Lewie's Story
Amanda and her family have a strong appreciation of just how fragile life is. Her son Lewie was diagnosed with viral meningitis at one month of age...

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