A brave schoolgirl struck down with meningitis on her parents honeymoon is set to have her second foot amputated.
Brogan-Lei Partridge became critically ill just weeks after being a bridesmaid at the wedding of her parents Aimee and Craig.
The family had just returned from holiday in Cornwall when Brogan started vomiting throughout the night in June 2016.
She was sent home from A&E after being told she had a tummy bug, but when she developed a rash her parents rushed her back.
Brogan-Lei, now nine, was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. She had to her left foot amputated.
Two years later, the inspirational little girl has been told that her right foot must be removed as well.
But mum Aimee says brave Brogan remains positive, despite not knowing what the future may hold.
She said: She is such a brave girl about it all. Were so lucky that she was saved but we were devastated when Brogan-Lei had to have her left foot amputated due to the septicaemia.
The damage was done within just a few hours, but only time will tell how much the disease will affect her life.
Weve been told she will need to have her right foot amputated too, and we are just awaiting a theatre slot.
Aimee explains that Brogan-Lei, the eldest of their four children, had been feeling unwell during the holiday.
What appeared at first to be an eye infection later was confirmed to be her parents worst fears – meningitis.
Now, Aimee hopes that sharing their story will help others be aware of the most common symptoms of the disease, which include feeling unwell, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, headache and a rash that does not turn white when you press a glass against it.
We wouldnt wish this on anyone, adds Aimee.
The news comes as new research funded by Meningitis Research Foundation has discovered the cause of rapid and deadly blood clotting that can lead to amputation or death.
Scientists at the University Paris Descartes have discovered that the infection activates a molecule in the blood vessel lining that prevents the body from stopping the deadly clotting.
Now, the family hope this latest development will help research vital treatment to stop other children being so badly affected by the disease.