Video is a tribute to ‘amazing’ Maisie’s courage

A mother whose daughter nearly died after contracting meningitis has told of her family’s harrowing story in a new video.

Sharon Catt and four-year-old Maisie, from Mirfield, appear in the video warning parents of the danger signs of meningitis and septicaemia.

Sharon Catt and her daughter Maisie, 4.

Sharon Catt and her daughter Maisie, 4.

Mrs Catt said: “We were approached by the Meningitis Research Foundation as they knew about our situation, and we wanted to help.

Maisie was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit on December 29 2009 after projectile vomiting, developing mottled skin and a tiny red spot on her head.

Doctors had to amputate both Maisie’s legs to stop the disease spreading.

“It was a very difficult time, as she was only a little baby and our first child, I did not know what was going to happen. I just wanted to trade places with her. When your child has their vaccinations, you think they are protected, but there are other strains, which is why you should always be looking out for it.”

Maisie now enjoys a healthy life and has started attending Crossley Fields School in Mirfield. She enjoys music and dancing, and Mrs Catt paid tribute to her daughter’s remarkable spirit.

“She has got a can do attitude. She amazes me every day.” Chris Head, CEO of Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “The Catt family know better than anyone how quickly meningitis and septicaemia can strike and how acting fast is the key to saving lives.

“Vaccines have almost eliminated many types of meningitis and septicaemia but they still present a very real threat to our children so make sure you know the symptoms, trust your instincts and seek medical help.”

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